In Germany, Deutsche Bahn (DB), the country's national railway operator is expanding its use of renewable diesel (HVO) significantly this year by purchasing around 13 300 tonnes (17 million litres) of renewable diesel produced by Finland-headed oil refiner and renewable products major Neste Oyj.
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Switching from fossil diesel to Neste “MY Renewable Diesel” will enable Deutsche Bahn to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the operation of their diesel-powered locomotives and railcars by up to 90 percent.
In total, the purchased amount will save Deutsche Bahn around 46 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq) emissions compared to the use of fossil diesel.
Deutsche Bahn has already approved HVO-type 100 percent renewable diesel for use in around 1 000 of its vehicles, and its subsidiary DB Cargo AG in its entire fleet of 800 vehicles.
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a drop-in fuel, suitable for use in diesel-powered vehicles without any modifications to their engines.
We are happy that Deutsche Bahn chose Neste MY Renewable Diesel as a solution on their journey of becoming climate neutral. Companies can reduce their climate emissions in an instant by just switching to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. With our renewables production capacity increasing to 5.5 million tonnes by the end of 2023 and further to 6.8 million tonnes by the end of 2026, we are well-equipped to help our customers around the world to make the switch to more sustainable solutions, said Peter Zonneveld, VP, Europe and APAC from Renewable Road Transportation business unit at Neste.
According to Neste, MY Renewable Diesel is produced 100 percent from renewable raw materials such as used cooking oil (UCO).