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Neste now world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues

Neste now world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues

Nov 9, 2015
Bioenergy & biofuels
Waste-to-energy

Neste Oil has become the world's largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues over the last few years. In 2014, the company produced nearly 1.3 million tons (1.6 billion liters) of renewable fuel from waste and residues.

In practical terms, 1.3 million tons of renewable fuel is enough to power for two years all the 650 000 diesel-powered passenger cars in Finland with renewable NEXBTL diesel manufactured from waste and residues.

"The production of fuels from waste-based feedstock is resource-efficient, and our aim is to have the capability to use 100% waste and residues by 2017," says Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President of Neste Oil's Renewable Products business area.

"We are constantly searching for new waste-based raw materials of increasingly poorer quality, and use the majority of our EUR 40 million R&D expenditure for raw material research."

Renewable diesel from more than ten different raw materials

Examples of Neste Oil's waste and residue-based raw materials include animal and fish fats, used cooking oil and various residues generated during vegetable oil refining, such as palm fatty acid distillate (PFAD) and technical corn oil. These raw materials accounted for 62% of Neste Oil's renewable inputs in 2014 (52% in 2013, 35% in 2012).

Additionally, Neste Oil manufactures renewable products from vegetable oils, mainly from crude palm oil. Its proportion of the total feedstock usage has decreased markedly over the past few years and currently stands at 38% (47% in 2013, 65% in 2012).  In all, Neste Oil is already able to produce renewable diesel from more than ten different raw materials, and the total amount of renewal diesel produced by Neste Oil in 2014 would suffice to power 2.8 million passenger cars for one year.

With its annual capacity of 2 million tons, Neste Oil is the world's largest producer of renewable diesel. The goal is to increase annual capacity to 2.6 million tons without making any major additional investments.

The NEXBTL product range will expand to cover entirely new applications outside traffic fuels, such as the chemical industry.
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Source: Neste Oil

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