Compliance with the sustainability criteria that cover the entire renewable fuel production chain is verified in the European Union using certification systems approved by the European Commission. These include for example International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), which covers any type of feedstock, and the RSPO-RED system for palm oil. These systems define what constitutes sustainable operations and the criteria to be used for establishing this, together with the supply chain documentation required. The criteria covering the sustainability of renewable fuels in the US are set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Not all the inputs used in producing renewable fuel require certification. In cases where certification is not needed, sustainability is verified using the statutory method in force in the country where the material is produced. Crude oil production is not covered by dedicated certification systems.
All used crude palm oil is certified
All the palm oil used by Neste Oil in its renewable fuel is certified. Neste Oil's original target was to shift to using only certified palm oil by the end of 2015, but thanks to a major effort this target was achieved two years early, in 2013. Palm oil is certified in accordance with the ISCC, RSPO, or RSPO-RED systems. Unlike many companies in the food industry for example, Neste Oil does not buy certificates from the world market, but always sources its certified palm oil directly from producers. Buying directly from producers in this way enables Neste Oil to monitor production and the supply chain more accurately.
In 2013, Neste Oil was the first company in the world to receive a RSPO-RED Supply Chain certificate, which is a new, stricter certification system under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The RSPO-RED system complies with the requirements of the EU's Renewable Energy Directive (RED) system and, for example, calculates greenhouse gas emissions released over the entire life cycle of a product in line with RED requirements.
Certificates held by palm oil pressing plants that supply Neste Oil
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European Commission approved Neste Oil's sustainability verification system
Neste Oil has developed its own sustainability verification system that complies with the EU’s strict requirements covering biofuels. The European Commission approved it as one of the EU’s official systems for verifying sustainability in January 2014.
Read more about Neste Oil's sustainability verification system.
Certified production plants
All of Neste Oil's facilities producing NExBTL renewable diesel have ISCC certificates, as required in Europe, and EPA certification required for the US. Ethanol trading carried out at Neste Oil's office in Geneva is also ISCC-certified. Ethanol is purchased for use as a blending component in gasoline sold in Finland.