Neste: Expanding the Utilization of Residues to Produce Renewable Fuels

Putting poor quality waste fats into good use while keeping an eye on algae oil and waste plastic

Keilaranta, Finland, October 12, 2016: Neste has become the world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues as a result of long-term work. As a pioneer in this field, Neste has already an exceptionally extensive portfolio of raw materials. The portfolio is actively developed with the aim of being expanded even further.

In particular, the company focuses on waste and residues that contain fat, which currently cover close to 80% of the raw materials of renewable products. “Having as extensive a portfolio of raw materials as possible provides flexibility, which we need as a global company to serve multiple markets and meet their special requirements. At the same time, Neste creates credibility and vitality for the entire biofuel industry by also creating possibilities for other companies to utilize diverse raw materials,” says Päivi Lintonen, Supply Development Manager from Neste’s Renewable Products business area. Lintonen is responsible for development work related to raw materials already utilized by Neste, such as developing the potential of the waste and residue streams of these materials.

Neste has been collecting fat from meat and fish processing industry’s slaughter and gutting waste from a number of sources globally for several years. Other significant sources on a global scale are fat residues and used cooking oil from the food industry and restaurants.

According to Lintonen, the aim is to be able to utilize raw materials of increasingly poor quality, for which there have not been significant uses so far. From the circular economy and sustainability point of view, the aim is naturally also to obtain more added value from raw materials that could otherwise end up being merely incinerated.  “When considering a new raw material, the first task is to ensure that it meets sustainability criteria – both those laid down in legislation and Neste’s own criteria, which are often even stricter. Only after this do we review how each raw material technically suits to be processed in our refineries.”

Many residues from the production of vegetable oils are suitable for use as raw materials for Neste’s renewable products. Such residues include, for example, palm fatty acid distillate consisting of free fatty acids, i.e. inedible rancid fats that are removed from food industry oil to improve taste, color and odor.

Technical corn oil, on the other hand, is a residue of corn-based ethanol production and the related production process for animal feed, and is not suitable for human consumption. By utilizing the residues of vegetable oil production, Neste’s raw material sourcing does not compete with food production; rather, it offers an emission-reducing and sustainable use for processing residues that are produced in any case in the food industry.

Another raw material worth mentioning is tall oil pitch, a residue produced in connection with the production of tall oil in the pulp industry, which Neste has already been using as a bio-component blended with fossil fuel. More extensive ways of utilizing it are being researched.

Looking into new ways to accelerate circular economy

“To ensure growth, we must have a perspective of ten years from now, when the world will probably look completely different. The waste- and residue-based fats and oils utilized in the current refineries are, to some extent, limited sources for which we must seek new alternatives,” says Päivi Paakkarinen, working on renewable raw materials not yet used by Neste.

Algae oil is one of the most important renewable future raw materials, one which Neste has already been researching for a long time and made sourcing preparations by making conditional off-take agreements with suppliers of algae oil, among other measures. Microalgae that produces algae oil are not yet cultivated on an industrial scale due to high costs. According to Paakkarinen, a promising process already exists, but finding suitable partners and a cooperation model are crucial issues.

“The required investments present a major challenge also for the utilization of forestry residues. More research work and technology developments are required before we can find a cost-efficient solution,” Paakkarinen explains, although also in this sector, Neste has already carried out internationally trailblazing work related to both the development of technology and refining of raw material.

According to Paakkarinen, increasing significance of the circular economy will inevitably be a future trend. “In our research, we also investigate the suitability of a wide range of recycled raw materials, such as waste plastic, as raw material for our refining. This way, waste material can be returned to circulation and reused several times.”

 Expanding the Utilization of Residues

Expanding the Utilization of Residues

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Neste’s Matti Lievonen awarded Honorary Doctorate of Technology

Honoring the successful promotion of clean transportation fuels

Keilaranta, Finland, October 7, 2016: Matti Lievonen, President and CEO of Neste, has been awarded Honorary Doctorate of Technology by the Aalto University Schools of Technology at the joint Ceremonial Conferment on 7 October 2016.
According to Aalto University, Matti Lievonen has successfully promoted the development of clean transportation fuels as well as the nationally important Finnish bioeconomy strategy in developing renewable transportation fuels. Renewable biofuels developed in Finland are proved to be competitive in both technology and business at the international level. The cooperation between Neste and the Aalto University School of Chemical Technology has played an important role in this work.
“I highly appreciate the Honorary Doctorate conferred on me. Chemistry and its applications offer endless possibilities for innovation and creation of new business. Neste Renewable Diesel is a good example and I know there is more to come”, Matti Lievonen says.  
Neste's Matti Lievonen awarded Honorary Doctorate of Technology

Matti Lievonen, President and CEO of Neste Corporation

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Neste: ‘Pre-order the Future’ Campaign

Renewable fuels are the future of aviation


Keilaranta, Finland, August 12, 2016: Who wouldn’t want to see a world in which renewable jet fuel powers the planes we travel in? This dream is becoming a reality faster than you would think. Oslo airport became the world’s first airport where one can fuel any airplane taking off from its runways with renewable aviation fuel. Their environment sparing renewable fuel is produced by Neste, the world’s leading producer of waste-based renewable fuels.

As a part of their forward looking Pre-order the Future project Neste and the American spoken word artist Prince Ea visited Oslo and produced a series of inspiring films that show just how far we have come with sustainable air travel – and it’s very encouraging. Renewable fuels are no longer just the aviation industry’s vision of a more sustainable future. Prince Ea challenged airline professionals and aviation specialists with questions and received surprisingly encouraging responses that all suggest a more sustainable future for aviation.

“There is no alternative to renewable fuels for aviation. If we want to cut our emissions we have to go down that road”, explains Olav Mosvold Larsen, Senior Advisor of Corporate Strategy and Development at Avinor, Oslo.

We can become less dependent on fossil fuels and create a more sustainable future. Neste is offering people a unique opportunity to participate in the future of renewable travel with its Pre-order the Future campaign. For more information and Prince Ea’s latest videos visit the project website.


Renewable fuels are the future of aviation

Richard Williams is a famous spoken word artist and an Internet sensation better known as Prince Ea. The strong-minded artist is also well known for raising awareness around environmental issues through his inspiring and attention grabbing videos. Prince Ea is widely recognized for his spoken word videos that have gathered over half a billion views on Social Media in addition to over 2.5 million followers on Facebook. He is a charismatic speaker who has made several appearances at global sustainability events. Source: Neste

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Neste: Renewable Diesel to power County of Sacramento’s Fleet in California

Sacramento, August 11, 2016: Neste Renewable Diesel is now being used by the County of Sacramento, California. In moving to Neste Renewable Diesel, the County Sacramento joins California’s cleanest and greenest fleets that include the City of San FranciscoCity of Oakland, City of Walnut Creek, City of CarlsbadGoogle, and UPS.

In switching from petroleum diesel to Neste Renewable Diesel made from waste and residues, the County of Sacramento will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its fleet by up to 80 percent. The County estimates that it will reduce greenhouses gases by approximately eight thousand tons annually. In addition, the use of Neste Renewable Diesel will reduce tailpipe emissions and so will contribute to improving the local air quality in Sacramento. Sacramento will use Neste Renewable Diesel in a range of heavy-duty vehicles including more than 400 municipal public works and specialty vehicles.

“Many government agencies and private corporations worldwide are now looking for ways to reduce emissions and carbon footprint. In the United States the State of California is leading the way. Neste Renewable Diesel is a solution to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and tailpipe emissions. Switching to Neste Renewable Diesel does not require any additional investments on infrastructure or engine modifications. Thus, fleets can switch to renewable diesel overnight”, says Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President, Renewable Products, Neste Corporation.

Renewable Diesel

Using Neste’s Renewable Diesel the County of Sacramento will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its fleet by up to 80 percent

“It’s our privilege to help the California’s state capitol county, Sacramento, become more sustainable. We want to give public and private fleets, as well as consumers, options to make responsible choices”, continues Hietala.

“Sacramento County is proud to be recognized among the leading and most sustainable public fleets in the country. Migrating to Neste Renewable Diesel provides us immediate huge gains in carbon emissions reduction that we could not otherwise achieve without significantly increased investments in alternative fueled vehicles and infrastructure”, says Keith Leech, Chief, Fleet Division & Parking, Sacramento County.

Neste is the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel with an annual production capacity of more than 2.4 million tons. The company is also the world’s largest provider of fuel from waste and residues. Neste has received recognition in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies.

Source: Neste Corporation

Neste: 4 Reasons Why the World Needs Biofuels

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Keilaranta, Finland, July 12, 2016: Neste, a pioneer in oil refining and renewable solutions and the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, published today a statement explaining the company’s view on the world’s need  for biofuels.

Reason 1: Combating climate change

Combating climate change forces the world to seek alternative, low-carbon sources of energy and fuel. Since traffic is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas, i.e. carbon emissions (CO2), substituting fossil fuels with renewable alternatives such as biofuels is an efficient way to reduce these emissions. Biofuels offer a solution to reduce carbon emissions of traffic when other solutions, such as switching to electric vehicles, is not an option due to high vehicle costs or lack of vehicle charging network, for example.

Reason 2: Responding to higher energy consumption

The expected increase in world population to 8 or even 10.5 billion by 2050, combined with significant economic growth in emerging economies will result in substantially increasing energy consumption. To be able to respond to this growing demand, we need to use natural resources more efficiently and increase the use of renewable energy, such as biofuels.

Reason 3: Securing energy supply

Increasing energy demand will pose challenges to security of supply as resources are scattered around the globe. Biofuels help to enhance and safeguard energy security by reducing the world’s reliance on fossil energy sources. Biomass is a resource that is more evenly distributed globally.

Reason 4: Making the most of scarce resources

Using waste and residue as raw materials for biofuels is an excellent example of answering to the needs of a circular economy. Reducing the amount of waste and making the most of our valuable natural resources is crucial for our future survival.

Source: Neste

New Name: ‘Neste Renewable Jet Fuel’

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Neste updates names in the renewable product family

Keilaranta, Finland, June 21, 2016: Neste has decided to update the names and logos of the company’s renewable products and product families to support the Neste brand. This is a natural continuation of the name reform that began in June 2015 with the company’s name change from Neste Oil to Neste and continued with the name change of the Neste station network started in 2016.

Neste replaces all its “NEXBTL” product family brand names with “Neste Renewable” product family brand names. The new product and product family names will come into effect immediately. For example, company’s flagship product “NEXBTL Renewable Diesel” is now “Neste Renewable Diesel”.

Neste’s renewed brand portfolio currently consists of the following renewable products and product families:

Neste Renewable Fuels product family:

  • Neste Renewable Diesel
  • Neste Renewable Gasoline
  • Neste Renewable Propane
  • Neste Renewable Jet Fuel

Neste Renewable Chemicals product family:

  • Neste Renewable Naphtha
  • Neste Renewable Isoalkane
  • Neste Renewable Propane

Neste continues the use of NEXBTL name to identify the technology and process for production of Neste Renewables.  “The business for renewable products is on the rise, and the market is global. We want our customers around the world to know Neste Renewables as a solution reducing emissions,” says Kaisa Hietala, EVP, Renewable Products business area. “The primary purpose of the name changes is to communicate about one Neste that also includes renewable products. By strengthening the Neste brand, we aim to expand the product families in the future with new products and communicate about them globally with a consistent way that is constructive from the entire group’s point of view,” says Osmo Kammonen, SVP, Communications and Brand Marketing at Neste.

Source: Neste Corporation

Successful Start for Neste’s ‘Pre-Order the Future’

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Project has already generated hundreds of ideas for renewable solutions

Keilaranta, Finland, May 17, 2016: Neste’s ‘Pre-Order the Future’ project has generated over 370 unique renewable ideas during the project’s first three weeks. After launching the project on April 20, people have been able to submit their own dream concepts for a renewable future at Link. Also the project launch video, an inspirational spoken word piece by Prince Ea, has encouraged people to share their dreams and collected over 47 million views in Facebook.

“It’s wonderful to see how Pre-order the Future has already become one global platform for the discussion on finding new ways and applications for the use of renewable raw materials”, says Neste’s Senior Vice President, Communications and Brand Marketing, Osmo Kammonen.

People around the world have shared their wildest dreams from trash sorting garbage cans to energy harvesting chairs to take part on the mission for a better future. Pre-order the Future team reads every feedback and makes sure that no idea is left unnoticed.

Pre-order the Future has also five permanent topics, modern concepts generated by the Neste experts team. Anyone who visits the website can vote on and discuss around the subjects to make their favorite topic win.  The project leads to the point where one topic is pronounced the winner and will be built as a prototype.

In August 2016, one of the topic is announced to be the winner and developed into a prototype that will be launched in January 2017.

“For now the topics have been voted for over 7,400 times, which is a remarkable start to our project. I’m excited to see what we can still achieve in the coming months”, Kammonen continues. Check out the TOP 5 best ideas submitted by the public so far:

Neste is the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel. The annual production capacity is more than 2 million tons. Neste is also are the world’s largest company providing renewable fuel from waste and residues. Neste’s operations have received recognition in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies, among others.

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Neste: CO2 Recovery Plant Started Commercial Operation

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Recovering up to 40 tons of CO2 on a daily basis

Singapore, April 11, 2016: A carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery and liquefaction plant built at Neste’s renewable products refinery in Singapore has started commercial operation. Since the completion of its construction at the end of 2015 and start-up at the end of March 2016, the plant has been recovering the CO2-containing crude gas that is released as a by-product of Neste’s renewable fuel refining process. The recovery of CO2 is expected to cut Neste’s Singapore refinery’s CO2 emissions significantly at an annual level, while simultaneously increasing the refinery’s resource efficiency and decreasing the carbon footprint of the renewable products that Neste produces in Singapore.

The CO2 recovery plant was started up on March 28th, after which it has been recovering on average 35 to 40 tons of CO2 on a daily basis. The plant is expected to reach full production capacity during fall 2016. Neste estimates to supply the plant approximately 30,000 tons of carbon dioxide-containing crude gas annually.

The CO2 recovery plant is located at Neste’s Singapore refinery in the Tuas industrial area. The plant was constructed and it is operated by Neste’s Singaporean partner Leeden National Oxygen Ltd (LNOX), a subsidiary of Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation from Japan.

“Neste is proud of the excellent co-operation with LNOX offering not only an avenue to effectively utilize the by-products of the refining process, but also enabling us to decrease both the carbon footprint of our refinery as well as that of our renewable products,” explains Bart Leenders, Vice President Production, Renewable Products at Neste.

“LNOX is excited about the long-term and promising partnership with Neste Singapore and aims to enable both companies to enhance energy efficiency in their business, as well as to increase their operational yields in the course. Currently the recovered CO2 is utilized, for example, as raw material for welding gas, but we also plan to certify it to be used as a food grade product,” elaborated Simon Sim from LNOX.

Source: Neste Corporation

Neste: Record Greenhouse Gas Reductions

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Emission reductions from renewable fuel of Neste corresponds to greenhouse gas emissions of about 1.3 million cars

Keilaranta, Finland, March 8, 2016: Neste’s record-breaking year in 2015 was also record-breaking from an environmental excellence viewpoint. Globally, Neste renewable diesel reduced greenhouse gas emissions by about 6.4 million metric tons. This corresponds to the greenhouse gas emissions of about 1.3 million cars, or over 50% of the greenhouse gas emissions of Finnish road traffic. Compared to 2014, the reduction increased by about one million metric tons, especially due to more extensive use of waste and residue raw materials.

“Our vision is to create responsible choices every day, and that really is what we do, as we provide customers and society with solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We are the world’s largest company that produces renewable fuel from waste and residue raw materials, and our goal is to further increase their use because they result in the highest greenhouse gas emission reductions”, says Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President, Renewable Products at Neste.

The amount of waste and residue used in Neste renewable fuel refining increased to almost 2 million metric tons in 2015. They were used for refining almost 2 billion liters of Neste Renewable Diesel, which is enough to power about 2 million cars for 12 months if used as 100% blend.

Using Neste Renewable Diesel results in 40-90% lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil diesel. Using waste and residues as raw material the greenhouse gas emissions can be up to 90% lower than those of fossil diesel.

In practice, Neste is capable of refining renewable diesel from almost any fat-containing raw material. Suitable waste and residues are created as the by-products of the food and vegetable oil industry, for example. Neste has substantially increased its waste and residue use in recent years. In 2015, they accounted for 68% of the raw materials of renewable diesel produced by Neste. The share of crude palm oil has decreased to 32%.

The goal of Neste is to annually reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a total of 7 million metric tons with renewable fuels by 2017.

Utilizing fat-containing waste of an increasingly lower quality is a main priority for research conducted by Neste. The company also performs research to find totally new raw materials for renewable fuel production, such as wood-based raw material and algal oil. About 1,000 of Neste’s 5,000 employees work with R&D and engineering.

Source: Neste Corporation

Oslo: Biojet direct from the Airport’s Main Fuel Farm

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ITAKA provides sustainable fuel for first biojet supply via hydrant system

Oslo, January 22, 2016: ITAKA project contributes to the first commercial supply of sustainable biojet fuel in collaboration with Air BP and Avinor, the Norwegian airport operator, at Oslo Airport Gardermoen (Norway). ITAKA, funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program, is the first project worldwide that demonstrates the entire value chain in Europe from sustainable feedstock production to the use of the biojet fuel using the normal supply mechanism.

The fuel will be first used by Lufthansa Group, followed by Scandinavian national carrier SAS and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, strongly committed to the use of sustainable and low carbon renewable fuels. The sustainable biojet fuel has been produced from camelina grown in Spain by Camelina Company España (CCE) via the NEXBTL technology at Neste’s Porvoo refinery in Finland, and delivered to the airport by SkyNRG. The biojet fuel produced within ITAKA will be supplied directly into Oslo’s fuel hydrant system, meaning that it will become part of the airport’s common storage and distribution system without having to rely on a segregated infrastructure. This is a relevant breakthrough in the emerging market of biofuels for aviation and it is expected to foster an extensive adoption of non-segregated biofuel supplies worldwide.

These activities are framed within the EU’s vision for greening the aviation sector, one of which is the promotion of the development of alternative fuels for aviation. ITAKA is an on – going example of the research and innovation projects supported by the Commission that are delivering technological breakthrough developments for the aviation sector. The objective is reducing the CO2 emissions and shortening the time to market for new and cleaner solutions.

Dr. Inmaculada Gómez from SENASA, ITAKA Project coordinator, highlights: “We are very proud to take part in this pioneering initiative, bringing together several airlines and stakeholders united with a common objective: to support the implementation of sustainable fuels for the aviation industry, bringing the economic viability of biojet fuel a step closer to reality”.

David Gilmour, CEO for Air BP comments: “This is the first time aviation biofuel is being delivered through the normal supply mechanism, thus reducing logistics costs significantly. We want to demonstrate that airports can readily access biofuel with relative ease utilizing existing physical infrastructure. We anticipate that this will garner increased interest and demand, as well as contributing to a sustainable biofuel future for the aviation sector.”

“The commercial supply of sustainable jet fuel at Oslo Airport, using the existing infrastructure, demonstrates that the industry is now ready to take the next step in the development of this market, with KLM, Lufthansa and SAS as launching customers. We see that the Nordics, and especially Norway with the airport incentive installed by Avinor, have the basis and momentum to quickly move forward”, says Mr. Maarten van Dijk, CEO SkyNRG.

About ITAKA: The ITAKA project aims at supporting the development of aviation biofuels in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable manner, improving the readiness of existing technology and infrastructures. ITAKA is the first project worldwide that demonstrates the entire value chain for biojet production and the first supported by the EU on this topic and scope.

ITAKA partners are: SENASA (coordinator, ES), Airbus Group (FR, UK), Biotehgen (RO), Camelina Company España (ES), CLH (ES), Embraer (BR), EPFL (CH), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Neste (FI), RE-CORD (IT), SkyNRG (NL).

The ITAKA project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program for research technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 308807.

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Source: ITAKA

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