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Reduced emissions

In 2019, Neste’s renewable products helped customers in several geographic markets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a total of 9.6 million tonnes*. This amount equals the annual carbon footprint of 1.5 million average EU citizens (source: World Bank) or the removal of 3.5 million passenger cars from the roads for a full year.

Using Neste MY Renewable Diesel produced from renewable raw materials can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% over the life cycle of the fuel compared to fossil diesel. 

Neste MY Renewable Diesel and fossil diesel differ both in the total amount of emissions generated throughout their life cycles and in how the emissions are distributed between the different phases of their life cycles.

 

90% smaller emissions annually

* Calculation method complies with the EU Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC).

** Carbon emissions from the use of renewable diesel amount to zero, as the amount of bio-based carbon dioxide released upon combustion equals the amount that renewable raw material has absorbed earlier.

Solution for improving local air quality

In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Neste MY Renewable Diesel also offers a cost-effective solution for reducing traffic-related local emissions and improving local air quality in urban areas, making it an excellent alternative for powering city buses, for example.

Scientific studies and field trials** have shown that the use of Neste MY Renewable Diesel brings the following benefits compared to fossil diesel:

  • up to 33% lower levels of fine particulates 
  • up to 30% less hydrocarbons (HC)
  • up to 24% lower carbon monoxide (CO) emissions
  • up to 9% less nitrogen oxides (NOx) 
  • reduced levels of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)

Local emissions can be reduced effectively also by investing in a new fleet of vehicles with electric engines or the most modern diesel engines. However, if such investment is not an option, Neste MY Renewable Diesel offers a drop-in solution that the existing vehicles can use right away. Engines that are older and less advanced gain more distinct emissions-cutting benefits from Neste MY Renewable Diesel. 

*) The method used to calculate life cycle emissions and emission reduction complies with the EU Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC).

**) These average emission reduction figures are derived from studies on Neste MY Renewable Diesel and HVO fuels when 100% Neste MY Renewable Diesel has been used as the fuel. Vehicle emissions have been compared to those of conventional sulfur-free diesel. The findings are published in more than 40 scientific publications.