100 percent waste-based renewable diesel hits market in Finland

By Ron Kotrba | January 10, 2017

Neste has launched a renewable diesel made entirely from waste and residues under the brand name Neste MY Renewable Diesel at select service stations in Finland’s Helsinki region Jan. 9. The waste-based fuel, priced higher than Neste Pro Diesel that contains at least 15 percent renewable diesel, will also be available this month at select Neste Truck stations in Finland.

“Our corporate customers have been hoping for a completely renewable fuel at our Neste Truck stations,” said Neste President and CEO Matti Lievonen. “We will introduce Neste MY at nine Neste Truck stations and aim to expand its availability during the year.”

Neste has signed contracts with Schenker Oy and Lassila & Tikanoja for use of the 100 percent waste-based renewable diesel in DB Schenker’s light distribution vehicles in Helsinki and Turku, and in select waste transportation vehicles in Lassila & Tikanoja’s Helsinki metro-area fleet.

“We have shifted to the use of solar energy and geoenergy in our buildings, and it is only natural to start using renewable energy in our transportation services,” said Petteri Nurmi, senior vice president of land transport in Finland at DB Schenker. “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-ton HCT truck-trailer is 20 percent more effective than that of a conventional 60-ton truck combination. Therefore, by using renewable diesel, the ecoefficiency of individual shipments can be improved significantly.”

About 20 DB Schenker vans and trucks in Helsinki and up to eight transportation vehicles in Turku will be fueled by the new waste-based product.

Jorma Mikkonen, director of corporate relations and responsibility at Lassila & Tikanoja, said, “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 percent before 2020, compared to the level and volume of 2012.”

This Christmas, Neste and Lassila & Tikanoja worked together in a campaign to collect ham fat that encouraged people to save the material for Neste to use as feedstock in renewable diesel production. Lassila & Tikanoja collected and transported the waste fat to Neste’s Porvoo Refinery.