The Nordic Ecolabel has requirements for the entire product lifecycle, from the raw materials to the finished product, in this case the fuel that is available at the petrol stations.

The most essential requirements for Nordic Ecolabelled fuels are reduced emissions that negatively affect global warming and climate change with an absolute threshold value to the amount of CO2 that may be released to the atmosphere during the entire life-cycle of the fuel.

Other pre-requisites include restrictions on the total energy used at the production stage, traceability of crops and certified sustainable farming, and defined limitations on health effects of these fuels.

Within a year, the requirements for Nordic Ecolabelled fuel will be revised to allow for the incorporation of new results from technical research, certifications and European Union directives.

Ragnar Unge, CEO of the Swedish Nordic Ecolabel company, said: We want to guide the way for future alternative fuels. Nordic Ecolabelled fuels are a much better alternative to petrol than fossil fuels, with proven lower effects on the climate. We have chosen not to accept grains as a raw material for fuels in this first version of our requirements. There is too much uncertainty concerning the use of grains in the global food supply and its use as a fuel.