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.

Source: Neste Corporation

‘Neste Oil’ Stations Become ‘Neste’

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“Oil” no longer illustrates the company

Keilaranta, Finland, March 29, 2016: The official name of Neste Oil was changed to Neste Corporation in June 2015. The word “oil” no longer illustrated the company, in which products based on renewable raw materials have become an increasingly important part of the business. Now, the name of the Neste Oil station chain will be changed to Neste in Finland, the Baltic countries and Russia.

The process to change the names of stations will begin in April and will be completed in October. At the end of 2015, Neste had 790 stations in Finland and 258 stations in north-western Russia in the St. Petersburg region, and in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Neste claims to be the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel with an annual production capacity of more than 2 million tons. Neste is the world’s largest company providing renewable fuel from waste and residues.

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

EPA’s higher than expected renewable fuel volume requirements

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Neste welcomes US EPA’s higher than expected renewable fuel volume requirements

Keilaranta, Finland, December 1, 2015: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US published the final ruling covering renewable fuel volume requirements retrospectively for 2014 and prospectively for 2015 and 2016 on 30 November 2015. EPA also finalized the volume requirement for biomass-based diesel for 2017.

Volume requirements are set separately for different types of biofuels. Neste’s NEXBTL renewable diesel meets the requirements of an advanced biofuel in the biomass-based diesel category (D4). Volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2015, 2016, and 2017 are higher than the ones proposed by the EPA in May 2015.  More information on the volume requirements is available at EPA’s website.

“We are pleased to see EPA taking steps towards a more forward-looking rulemaking in setting renewable fuel volume requirements. This provides important predictability and stability for our business”, says Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President of Neste’s Renewable Products business area.

“The US continues to be an important market for Neste and our NEXBTL renewable diesel. The increase in requirement for advanced biofuels is in line with our expectations. We agree that growing volume requirement on the advanced biofuels is the right way to go as they provide greater greenhouse gas reductions and are a very effective way to reach carbon emission reduction targets”, continues Hietala.

Neste’s NEXBTL renewable diesel is an ideal low-carbon fuel for US refiners, blenders, and fuel distributors to meet their renewable fuel standard obligations, as it is fully compatible with existing fuel distribution systems. NEXBTL renewable diesel is also increasingly being used by US cities (e.g. City of Oakland and City of Walnut Creek) and corporations (e.g. UPS and Google) to reduce their carbon footprint.

Source: Neste Corporation

Renewable Diesel

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UPS is inspiring others to reduce their carbon footprint

September 28, 2015: Combating climate change and reducing carbon footprint have become the most important targets for development in major corporations in particular. The urgency of the matter is widely understood, but implementing the changes in practice is more challenging. Reducing carbon footprint is easiest when new solutions can be easily incorporated into the existing infrastructure. Neste’s NEXBTL renewable diesel is one such solution. It offers an exceptionally easy way of reducing carbon footprint in transport, for instance.

UPS is the world’s largest parcel shipping company and one of the biggest users of renewable diesel in the world. Operating in over 200 countries, The company annually delivers over four billion parcels, with over three billion kilometers traveled a year. ”The possibility of using a renewable ‘drop-in’ fuel is extremely significant to us,” says Mike Whitlatch, Vice President Energy and Procurement of Energy and Procurement at UPS.

Drop-in solution plays a key role: According to Whitlatch, UPS aims to reduce its carbon footprint in a variety of ways. The company has been testing biofuels for a few years now. However, the challenge with first-generation biofuels such as FAME-type biodiesel is that they have blending requirements and operational challenges that hinder widespread deployment.

“In the United States, according to the Energy Information Administration, over 90% of refined oil products are transported by pipelines. Billions have been invested in over 100,000 miles of infrastructure,” Whitlatch says. Conventional biofuels cannot utilize the efficient infrastructure.”We cannot transport them via pipelines, and they cannot be stored together with fossil fuels. We have to be very careful with regards to blending the products.”

UPS found a solution to the problem in renewable diesel. It can be used as drop-in. “We can transport renewable diesel in the existing pipeline systems. It can also be handled in the same terminals and storage facilities as conventional petroleum diesel,” Whitlatch says.

Blending the products does not pose any risk, as the chemical structure of renewable diesel is identical to petroleum diesel. Whitlatch adds that in reality, renewable diesel can improve the properties of petroleum diesel. Its cetane number, for example, is higher, which improves its behavior in the engine in cold conditions. Such flexibility has made it possible for UPS to invest significantly in reducing carbon footprint of their fleet. In the summer, UPS announced that it will source 174 million liters of renewable diesel from three different producers during the next three years. Neste will be the biggest supplier. “Renewable diesel works directly in our existing systems and fleet. This is crucial to us.”

Raw materials have an effect on carbon footprint: ” One thing that we really admire in Neste is the company’s work to ensure the sustainability of the feedstocks they use to produce renewable diesel,” Whitlatch says. Neste aims to use waste and residues as raw materials for NEXBTL renewable diesel as much as possible. This also helps to reduce carbon footprint. Renewable fuel made from waste and residues can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%. Among other things, Neste pays attention to the raw material suppliers preventing methane emissions from production or recovering generated methane. This is an important way of lowering greenhouse gas emissions and helping customers to reduce their carbon footprint.

Carbon footprint is decreasing in air traffic as well: UPS also aims to reduce its carbon footprint with regard to cargo flights. According to Whitlatch, the company is closely monitoring a project in the aviation industry to blend renewable diesel with aviation fuel. “The possibility of blending renewable diesel with aviation jet fuel is highly indicative of the premium quality of the product. To our knowledge, this is currently the most effective and economical way of increasing the utilization of renewable fuel in aviation,” Whitlatch says.

Source: Neste