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Powering a million vehicles with renewable diesel produced from waste and residues

Neste Oil produced enough NExBTL renewable diesel from waste and residues in 2013 to power around a million vehicles for a year. The two NExBTL units at the Porvoo refinery have used waste and residues as virtually their sole feedstocks for the last couple of years.

Waste and residues now account for over half of renewable raw materials

The NExBTL technology developed by Neste Oil enables premium-quality renewable diesel to be produced from virtually any vegetable oil or waste fat. Unlike vegetable oil, the quality of waste material varies greatly and Neste Oil has developed a dedicated pretreatment process to ensure that these materials are handled as effectively as possible at its plants. Pretreatment is important, as it removes contaminants and impurities from inputs before they are fed into the NExBTL process.

Extending its feedstock base is one of Neste Oil's most important strategic goals. The progress made in this areas means that Neste Oil is able to refine NExBTL renewable diesel from over 10 different raw materials today, including waste animal fat, waste fish processing fat, fatty acid distillates (e.g. PFAD), palm oil, rapeseed oil, jatropha oil, and camelina oil. Technical corn oil and spent bleaching earth oil was added to the renewable input palette in 2013. Tall oil pitch has also been used successfully to produce traffic fuels at the Naantali refinery. All new raw materials are nonfood waste materials.

Waste and residues currently account for over half of the renewable inputs used by Neste Oil, and further increasing the use of these materials is a key ongoing company goal. Neste Oil's plants delivered on this challenge by boosting their use of waste and residues by hundreds of thousands of tons during 2013.

Increasing the use of waste and residues for producing renewable fuel is important, as these materials do not compete for land with food production and the greenhouse gas emissions of end-products refined from them are significantly lower than those of fossil fuels.

Competitive advantage through a flexible feedstock base

The biofuel market differs from the fossil fuel market in a number of ways, among other things the requirements for renewable raw materials may vary in different markets. The raw materials approved for producing renewable fuel in Europe, for example, may not be approved in the US. Thanks to its broad feedstock base, Neste Oil is well-placed to meet the requirements of different markets and customers around the world.