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City of Espoo transitions to HVO in bid to becoming carbon neutral by 2030

The Public Works Department at the City of Espoo in Finland has decided to use Neste MY Renewable Diesel, an HVO fuel, in all of its diesel-powered machines. The transition to HVO renewable diesel is part of the City of Espoo's target to make Espoo completely carbon neutral by 2030. The aim is for the City of Espoo to switch all of its diesel engines to renewable diesel in stages.

The City of Espoo in Finland takes a step closer to its carbon neutrality goal. It is the latest municipality to introduce Neste MY Renewable Diesel, an HVO fuel, in all of its diesel-powered machinery (photo courtesy Neste).

One of the cornerstones of the City of Espoo’s strategy is to make Espoo carbon neutral over the next twelve years. One important step in this direction is the adoption of Neste MY Renewable Diesel, which will be taken into use for our diesel-powered machines and other mobile equipment. This product enables us to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 90 percent. This is the same amount of emissions that would be reduced every year by taking around 400 cars off the road. This figure is clearly higher than the number of cars used by the Public Works Department of the City of Espoo. We’re pleased to be able to start the new year with renewable diesel, allowing us to make a much smaller carbon footprint, said Harri Tanska, Director of Public Works Department at the City of Espoo.

Produced from waste and residues by Finland-headed oil refiner and renewable fuel producer Neste, Neste  MY Renewable Diesel is classified as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) and it can be used in any blending ratio or as such in all diesel engines. Developed for the domestic market, the MY brand was launched in January 2017.

We’re delighted to be able to help the City of Espoo to meet its ambitious emissions targets. It’s great to be able to make the air cleaner in the urban parts of Espoo, both for users of machinery and commercial vehicles and indeed for everyone in the city. As shown by research carried out at Tampere University of Technology, local emissions can drop practically overnight by a large fraction after switching to Neste MY Renewable Diesel, said Sam Holmberg, Vice President responsible for Neste’s Marketing and Services business area in Finland.

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