Neste launches domestic MY renewable diesel brand
As part of Finland’s centennial of independence celebrations, Neste has launched a renewable diesel for the Finnish domestic market made entirely from waste and residues. Branded as MY Renewable Diesel, it is being made available at select service stations in the Helsinki region in response to demand from corporate clients.
Finland-headed oil refiner and renewable fuel producer Neste has launched MY renewable diesel, a domestic brand of waste and residue-derived diesel fuel. According to Neste the product enables up to 90 percent lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout the life cycle of the fuel compared to conventional fossil diesel
– The launch of Neste MY is a long-expected opener in the Finnish diesel market. We want to offer this premium product to environmentally conscious consumers and corporate customers, as well as give them the chance to migrate to entirely renewable fuels. The launch of the product is also one of the ways in which Neste takes part in the centennial of Finland’s independence in 2017, said Matti Lievonen, President and CEO of Neste in a statement.
Sales of Neste MY will begin at Neste service stations in and around the Finnish capital Helsinki. The product is priced somewhat higher than Neste Pro Diesel, which contains at least 15 percent blend of renewable diesel. During January, sales of Neste MY will also expand to select Neste Truck stations for heavy traffic in Finland.
– Our corporate customers have been hoping for a completely renewable fuel at our Neste Truck stations. We are extremely pleased that we will now be able to respond to this wish. We will introduce Neste MY at nine Neste Truck stations and aim to expand its availability during the year, Lievonen said.
Environmental logic for logistics
Two corporates clients, Schenker Oy, a subsidiary of Germany-headed major DB Schenker and Lassila & Tikanoja a waste collection company, have already signed partnership agreements with Neste. In the former the fuel will be used in DB Schenker vehicles in Helsinki and Turku. In the latter it will be used in selected waste transportation in the Helsinki metropolitan area. Both cite improved environmental footprint and drop-in fuel quality that requires no engine modifications and is suited for Finnish winter conditions.
– Our global objective is to be a pioneer in environmental responsibility in the field of transport and logistics. In practice, we will reduce our carbon dioxide emissions in different forms of transportation and in all of our other functions and, in this way, help our customers and consumers to see to their environmental responsibility, said Petteri Nurmi, Senior Vice President of Land Transport in Finland at DB Schenker.
Around twenty DB Schenker vans and trucks in the Helsinki metropolitan area, along with six to eight transportation vehicles in Turku, will be fuelled with Neste MY.
– With the use of Neste MY, we can immediately improve the quality of air in Helsinki and Turku. In addition to distribution services, we will also apply the product to the High Capacity Transport (HCT) truck combination starting between Vantaa and Turku. The transportation capacity of 90 tonne HCT truck-trailer is 20 percent more effective than that of a conventional 60 tonne truck combination. Therefore, by using renewable diesel, the eco-efficiency of individual shipments can be improved significantly, explained Nurmi.
– Lassila & Tikanoja aims to adjust the current consumer society into an efficient recycling society. Neste MY, manufactured wholly from waste and residue, fits well into our policy. It will help us reach our goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 25 per cent before 2020, compared to the level and volume of 2012, said Jorma Mikkonen, Director of Corporate Relations and Responsibility at Lassila & Tikanoja.
This Christmas, Neste and Lassila & Tikanoja worked together in a campaign to collect ham fat. The campaign encouraged people to bring the waste fat from their roast ham to be used as raw material for renewable diesel. Many businesses and organisations joined the campaign. Lassila & Tikanoja took on the collection of the waste fat and its transportation to preprocessing. At its Porvoo Refinery, Neste turns the ham fat into renewable diesel. The value of the collected waste fat will be donated to charities.