Sustainability

Climate

Climate iconAccording to our purpose and vision, we aim at creating a healthier planet for our children by creating responsible choices every day.

We help our customers reduce climate emissions by developing lower-emission solutions for transportation, aviation, and marine uses, as well as renewable and circular solutions for the chemical and plastics industries. In 2018, our renewable products helped our customers reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 7.9 million tons. 

In recent years, we have explored means to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to the palm oil production process. In 2017, Neste-led collaborative project verified that adoption of a belt filter press method in wastewater treatment at palm oil mills can reduce or prevent methane emissions by 50% compared to emissions from the mill's conventional open pond method. The project was conducted in collaboration with a palm oil company KLK, a Dutch sustainable trade organization IDH, and International Sustainability and Carbon Certification certification system (ISCC). 

In 2018, we continued to help accelerate implementation of the method within the palm oil industry by connecting interested parties with the technology provider. Wide-scale implementation of the method could provide large climate impact, up to 4.5 Mt CO2e per year, equivalent to removing 1.6 million passenger cars from the roads.

Research article on the method’s emission reduction potential was published in May 2018. The method is referred to by e.g. certifying body ISCC and recognized in relevant certification systems. Companies using the belt press method can apply a new emission factor in their greenhouse gas calculations for certification purposes.