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Lumene switches to Neste's renewable fuel oil

The Finnish cosmetics company Lumene Oy is switching to Neste MY Non-Road Diesel at its factory in Kauklahti, Espoo, this Spring. This renewable fuel oil is replacing the fossil fuel oil previously used at the plant.
“Sustainability is one of Lumene’s core values, and ensuring product quality and environmental friendliness throughout our products’ life cycle is of paramount importance to us," says Kristina Enqvist, Production Director at Lumene.

The Finnish cosmetics company Lumene Oy is switching to Neste MY Non-Road Diesel at its factory in Kauklahti, Espoo, this Spring. This renewable fuel oil is replacing the fossil fuel oil previously used at the plant (photo courtesy Lumene).

By switching to a new renewable solution, launched by compatriot renewable fuel producer Neste Oyj earlier this year, Lumene is able to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the production of process steam needed in the product manufacturing by up to 90 percent compared to using fossil fuel oil as per the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) methodology for calculating life cycle emissions and emissions reduction.

Sustainability is one of Lumene’s core values, and ensuring product quality and environmental friendliness throughout our products’ life cycle is of paramount importance to us. Over the past year, we have focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions at our Kauklahti factory, and the introduction of Neste’s renewable fuel oil is one concrete change towards this end. By replacing fossil fuel oil with an alternative made from renewable raw materials, we are able to reduce our factory’s greenhouse gas emissions here and now, said Kristina Enqvist, Production Director at Lumene.

The only direct emission source at the Lumene factory has been fossil fuel oil. On average, it has accounted for 10 percent of the factory’s total energy consumption. In 2020, the fossil fuel oil use by Lumene produced 192 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The renewable fuel oil is also delivered to Lumene with lower transport emissions by delivery trucks fuelled by renewable diesel.

We are committed to reducing our customers’ greenhouse gas emissions by 20 million tonnes annually by 2030. Our partnership with Lumene will deepen as we work together to reduce the emissions from cosmetics production. When looking at emissions during the products’ life cycle, the transportation of the fuel to the factory is also important. Renewable fuel oil is transported from our Porvoo refinery to the Lumene factory in Neste trucks that run on renewable diesel. This way we also reduce emissions from transportation, said Heidi Peltonen, Manager for Sustainable Partnerships at Neste.

At the beginning of this year, Neste was the first in Finland to launch a fuel oil made from 100 percent renewable raw materials. This contributes to Finland’s objective of becoming carbon neutral by 2035 and helps the heating and machinery sectors to achieve their goals for emission reduction.

A more sustainable future cannot be achieved alone. Cooperation between partners on sustainability issues is crucial, concluded Kristina Enqvist.

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