Public acceptance of biofuels in the transport sector in Finland

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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2017-08-31
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en
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8
434-441
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INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, Volume 6, issue 2
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The Finnish transportation sector is the second biggest greenhouse gas emitting sector in Finland. Despite large-scale investment and government commitments to promote biofuels for transport sectors in Finland, little is known about the public acceptance of this alternative transport fuels. Public’s opinion, awareness and knowledge can contribute to social acceptance of new renewable energy and to the overall improvement of consumers’ energy behaviour. This study examines public acceptance in terms of public’s opinion and knowledge about biofuels and their consumer patterns of transportation fuels by designing a multiple-choice questionnaire with four groups of questions: background information, community perspective, social perspective, and market perspective. The analysis of 90 respondents’ survey shows that 50% of the respondents think that there is a direct effect of biofuel production on food prices and would not buy biofuels derived from food crops. Only 60% of them are willing to switch towards purchasing biofuels; however, the lack of information about biofuels prevents them to use biofuels for their transports. Finally, 63 respondents of the car owners, their ideal fuel would be hydrogen (20%), electricity (60%), and other (20%), which meant hybrid. Study findings have important policy implications related to the public acceptance of biofuels in the transport sector.
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Public acceptance, Biofuels, Consumption behaviour
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E.Moula, M M, Nyari, J & Bartel, A 2017, ' Public acceptance of biofuels in the transport sector in Finland ', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 434-441 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsbe.2017.07.008