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‘decarbonizingaviation.com‘: Neste’s New Online Hub about Sustainable Aviation
Keilaranta, December 21, 2017: Aviation is the fastest growing means of transport. In 2016, 3.8 billion people travelled by air, and according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the number of passengers is predicted to reach 7.2 billion (!) by 2035. With this growth comes the reality that carbon dioxide (CO2)emissions from aviation will grow substantially. Carbon neutral growth in aviation is possible, but requires that airports, solutions providers, airlines, authorities, local community and passengers all unite and contribute to more sustainable travelling.
According to a recent survey, 67% of US passengers, and 53% of European travelers, are concerned about the environmental impacts of air travel. The survey found that over 50% of passengers consider it important that their airline goes above and beyond regulations to be environmentally friendly. Furthermore, the survey found that most passengers are willing to pay a fee for Renewable Jet Fuel, and that this may even positively impact airline and airport preference.
“As aviation currently makes up roughly 2% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, making the transition towards carbon neutral growth is an absolute imperative,” says Paul Paoletta, Head of Neste Aviation Solutions.
To raise awareness and facilitate dialog in reducing the aviation industry’s carbon footprint, Neste has opened its decarbonizingaviation.com online hub for all stakeholders in aviation. The site features videos, blogs, articles and news across hot topics in the decarbonization of aviation debate, from waste materials as sustainable jet fuel for aircraft to changing legislation to passenger perspectives.
“People are travelling more than ever, and the aviation industry is growing. It is crucial that this growth happens responsibly. Neste is working relentlessly to help airports and all aviation stakeholders to take advantage of sustainable low-carbon fuels in their operations. Besides sustainable low-carbon fuels, we are opening other opportunities for more sustainable aviation solutions through our Neste Green Hub solution. Decarbonizingaviation.com is an online platform for all aviation stakeholders who are working for the goal of carbon neutral growth in aviation,” continues Paoletta.
Neste is the world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues alongside being the leading producer of renewable diesel, with an annual production volume of 2.6 million tons. By eliminating bottlenecks, this total capacity will be increased to 3 million tons by 2020. Renewable jet fuel is one of Neste’s growth areas. Neste has set a target that the proportion of the company’s renewable products sales outside the road traffic fuels increases to 20% by 2020.
Visit the Decarbonizing Aviation web page to learn more: http://decarbonizingaviation.com
Source: Neste Corporation
Stuttgart, September 21, 2017: Stuttgart Airport has started using Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ as a solution to reduce its CO2 emissions and as part of the climate program of Baden-Württemberg’s state airport in Germany. By switching to premium-quality “drop-in” renewable diesel in its diesel-powered ground fleet, the airport is able to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. All the ground fleet vehicles which are not electrified, such as the trucks of the airport fire department and winter service equipment, will be using Neste MY Renewable Diesel.
Using Neste MY Renewable Diesel, produced from renewable raw materials, can cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% over the lifecycle of the product compared to conventional fossil diesel. Its use can additionally reduce levels of local emissions that have a negative impact on air quality. The fuel outperforms both conventional biodiesel (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester i.e. FAME) and even conventional fossil diesel in terms of engine performance and environmental impact.
“The state airport is the first transportation company in Baden-Württemberg that extensively fuels its vehicle fleet with renewable diesel. The climate-friendly fuel adds to the targeted support of e-mobility and alternative drives on the ground and in the air. This is another important step for climate and health protection”, says Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport of Baden-Württemberg and Board Chairman of Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH.
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is supplied locally with the brand name C.A.R.E. Diesel® by Neste’s distribution partner Tool Fuel Service GmbH, a company specialized in the distribution of renewable fuel in Germany.
“Our goal of running the entire airport climate-neutrally by 2050 is a very ambitious task. The use of C.A.R.E. Diesel complements our previous efforts for climate protection and our apron staff benefits from it as well”, says Walter Schoefer, Management Director of Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH.
Geneva, Keilaranta, September 13, 2017: Neste and Genève Aéroport are pioneering together to make flying more sustainable by starting to decarbonize aviation towards fossil neutral growth. Genève Aéroport is planning the introduction of renewable jet fuel for aircraft operations from Geneva International Airport; the target shall be at least 1% of the annual jet fuel consumption at Genève Aéroport shall be composed of renewable jet fuel starting late 2018. This is an excellent example of a state, an airport and a renewable solutions provider collaborating to decrease CO2 emissions in aviation.
“Genève Aéroport is exemplary in sustainability with its ambitious goals to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. We are very excited to collaborate with Genève Aéroport and their airline partners to show the way to the aviation sector. We both share the common view that decreasing CO2 emissions in aviation is crucial in combating climate change. This is an important step for Neste in implementing our growth strategy for renewables in applications outside road traffic fuels. Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel is Neste’s sustainable solution for reducing CO2 emissions in aviation,” says Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President in the Renewable Product business area in Neste.
“As aviation is growing, airports have a crucial role in taking initiatives which aim at reducing environmental impact. Genève Aéroport is particularly pleased to work in this very ambitious project together with Neste, the Swiss authorities, airlines operating from Geneva, and locally established fuel companies,” says André Schneider, CEO of Genève Aéroport.
Aviation is the fastest growing means of transport and thus emissions will grow substantially. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has set a target that from 2020 onwards the growth in aviation is carbon-neutral. Currently, the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering commercial aircraft is sustainable renewable jet fuel, which is one the most efficient means of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. It can be adopted immediately without the need for additional investments in new fuel distribution infrastructure.
For Neste, the development of Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel (TM) has been a long journey taking several years: from building proof of concept to ensuring the quality and performance that fully meet the aviation industry’s expectations. Neste’s renewable jet fuel technology and quality is proven in thousands of commercial flights by e.g. Lufthansa and is now ready for commercialization.
Neste is the world’s leading renewable diesel producer from waste and residues, and with its renewable diesel it has helped to decarbonize traffic by 33 million tons over the past 10 years. This is equivalent to 2 years’ emissions from the Swiss transport sector. Now this expertise and renewable solution is available for aviation.
Source: Neste Corporation
March 9, 2017: Neste is the world’s leading company producing renewable diesel from waste and residues. Its low-carbon Neste MY Renewable Diesel refined from renewable raw materials helped its users replace conventional diesel and reduce carbon emissions by a staggering 6.7 million tons in 2016. The amount equals the permanent removal of 2.4 million passenger cars from the roads for one full year.
“With Neste MY Renewable Diesel, any environmentally-conscious driver of a diesel-powered vehicle can instantly reduce the carbon footprint of his or her transportation. The use of this fuel does not require any vehicle-related investments or modifications. It is suitable for all diesel-powered passenger cars, as well as for use in heavy transport, such as in buses, garbage trucks, emergency vehicles, and long-haul trucks, among others,” explains Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President, Renewable Products at Neste.
“More and more companies have taken the steps forward to reduce their carbon footprint (CO2) with our renewable fuels. Google gBuses and UPS delivery trucks, for example, already run on our renewable diesel,” Hietala adds.
As also the tailpipe emissions of Neste’s renewable diesel are smaller than those of conventional diesel, the benefits of the fuel use become particularly concrete in situations where people are exposed to local emissions, such as particulates or nitrogen oxides (NOx), from diesel-powered vehicles or machines. Neste’s renewable diesel has been used to cut also these emissions, for example, in several Californian cities, at the Hamburg International Airport, as well as in various public events, such as Super Bowl 50 in 2016.
Source: Neste Corporation
Keilaranta, Finland, January 18, 2017: Neste reached the Global 100 list of the world’s top 100 most sustainable companies for the 11th consecutive time. This year Neste improved its ranking from the 39th to 23rd place, and was considered the best performing company within the Oil and Gas Industry. The company has been included on this valued list continuously for longer than any other energy company in the world.
“Sustainability is a central component of our strategy and business. We consider our ranking within the Global 100 list as a an important recognition of our company’s progress in many areas,” says Neste’s Pekka Tuovinen, Senior Advisor, Sustainability. Recently the Finish company reached several sustainability milestones:
“The sustainability performance of the world’s leading companies improve every year. That is why making the list becomes more challenging each year. One-third of the companies on this year’s list were different from last year. We will continue our determined work together with our stakeholders to continuously improve the sustainability of our operations and ensure that we will be worthy of similar recognitions in the coming years,” Tuovinen continues.
Source: Neste Corporation
Keilaranta, Finland, December 22, 2016: Neste was selected as the leading biofueloperator at the 2016 Global Energy Awards. The company came first in the Industry Leader Award Biofuels category in the competition arranged by S&P Platts, a provider of market information and research in the energy sector.
In the Industry Leader Award Biofuels category, all finalists were innovative actors developing sustainable biofuel solutions. The panel of judges was impressed by NEXBTL technology, which enables the production of top-quality renewable diesel and other renewable products from nearly any waste fat or vegetable oil through a hydrogen-based treatment. The panel was also particularly inspired by the company’s plans to start production of renewable propane at its Rotterdam refinery by the end of 2016. In this category, the winner was picked from a total of seven finalists.
Neste won praise for its commitment to sustainability and for its continuous search for new solutions so that it can develop its operations. The company’s plans to increase biodiesel production capacity beyond the current annual volume of two million tons were characterized by the judges as a pioneering venture, and the panel estimated that this will have an impact on global energy markets now and in the future.
Source: Neste Corporation
Keilaranta, Finland, October 25, 2016: For the first time, Neste has reached the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) highest Climate A List. This recognition is due to Neste’s work in combating climate change. Of the thousands of companies involved in the climate change program, only 193 made it onto the list. Only five of all companies awarded a position on the ‘A List’ represent the energy sector, which highlights Neste’s exceptional role and actions within its industry on climate change. Of the energy sector players, Neste is the only company from the Nordics included in the A-list.
The ‘A List’ recognizes companies that were considered to have most effectively tackled climate change, and adapted to it. Companies had to achieve over 75 percent of the total score in all the areas evaluated, including “Leadership”. The reporting of ‘A List’ companies on climate emissions also had to be public and sufficiently comprehensive, as well as for the most part certified by an independent third party, in accordance with an approved certification standard.
Neste is the world’s leading developer of low-carbon solutions for road and air traffic, as well as the chemical and plastics industries worldwide. “We support the Paris Agreement by operating more efficiently. But our major impact in climate change mitigation is achieved through offering our top-quality, drop-in solutions for a low-carbon society,” says Neste’s Senior Sustainability Advisor Pekka Tuovinen. “By refining high-quality renewable fuels, last year we helped our customers cut their greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 6.4 million tons. Our aim is to increase this figure to 9.0 million tons,” says Tuovinen.
“We congratulate the 193 A List companies that are leading the change towards our low carbon future. Companies are key actors in enabling the global economy to achieve its new climate goals, and the leadership of this group points the way for others to take bold action and capitalize on the many opportunities that await,” says CDP’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Simpson.
The Carbon Disclosure Project is an international non-profit organization that supports sustainable economic development. Thousands of companies take part in CDP’s annual Climate evaluation. Neste is among the nine percent selected on CDP’s Climate A List. Based on the previous year’s emission reporting, the list includes 14 Nordic companies. Six (including Neste) are from Finland, four from Sweden, three from Denmark and one from Norway. The list is available on the CDP website.