transportation, renewable-solutions · 10/6/2023

Neste’s renewable fuel to help Outokumpu’s Kemi mine work towards reaching nearly a third of its carbon neutrality target

Neste Corporation, Press Release, 6 October 2023 at 8:30 a.m. (EET)

Photo: Renewable fuel supplied by Neste enable the Outokumpu steel company’s Kemi mine and Tornio steel mill to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their fleet and heavy machinery by an average of 90%*. Source: Outokumpu

Neste and Outokumpu deepen their cooperation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Outokumpu will replace the fossil fuels used by its Kemi mine and Tornio steel mill and the contractors on these sites with Neste MY Renewable Diesel™. Outokumpu manufactures the world’s lowest-emission stainless steel. Its goal is to achieve carbon neutrality at its Kemi mine by 2025. Renewable fuel supplied by Neste enables the Kemi mine and the Tornio mill to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their fleet and heavy machinery by 90% on average*.  With the use of renewable fuel supplied by Neste, the Kemi mine’s annual greenhouse gas emissions will decrease by nearly 11,300 tons. This will mean achieving almost 30% of the total carbon neutrality target for the Kemi mine.  

The three key factors contributing to achieving carbon neutrality at Outokumpu’s Kemi mine are abandoning fossil fuels (including contractors’ fleet), using low-emission electricity, and replacing natural gas and propane with other heating methods. Renewable fuel supplied by Neste will replace fossil fuels in heavy machinery, trains, secondary power sources, and transportation between the Kemi mine and the Tornio mill.

“Our goal at Neste is to help customers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions with our renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons per year by 2030. I’m pleased that our long-term cooperation with Outokumpu continues, and that we can support the company in working towards its ambitious carbon neutrality target. The use of renewable fuel at the Kemi mine and the Tornio steel mill is Neste’s most extensive mining and steel industry collaboration in Europe so far. Neste’s renewable product is suitable as such for fleet and heavy machinery running on diesel. By replacing fossil fuels with our renewable fuel in their own fleet and contractors’ fleet, Outokumpu can immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Joni Pihlström, Vice President, Marketing & Services, B2B Sales at Neste.

“The carbon neutrality of the Kemi mine is an investment worth millions of euros. If achieved, it will mean a reduction of nearly 40,000 tons in Outokumpu’s greenhouse gas emissions. Our first step is to switch to renewable fuel, and we are seeking to identify all means to reduce emissions throughout the value chain and minimize our total emissions to as close to zero as possible. We are exploring opportunities to offset the remaining emissions in our value chain that cannot otherwise be reduced using currently available technologies. Our goal is to make the Kemi mine the world’s first operational carbon-neutral mine by 2025,” says Heidi Peltonen, Vice President, Sustainability at Outokumpu. 

*) Over the life cycle of the fuel when compared to fossil fuel. The method used to calculate life cycle emissions and emission reduction complies with the EU Renewable Energy Directive II (2018/2001/EU).

Neste Corporation

Susanna Sieppi 
Vice President, Communications

Further information:

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Neste in brief

Neste (NESTE, Nasdaq Helsinki) creates solutions for combating climate change and accelerating a shift to a circular economy. The company refines waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials.

As the world’s leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel and a forerunner in developing renewable and circular feedstock solutions for polymers and chemicals, Neste helps its customers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030.

The company’s ambition is to make the Porvoo oil refinery in Finland the most sustainable refinery in Europe by 2030. Neste is committed to reaching carbon-neutral production by 2035, and will reduce the carbon emission intensity of sold products by 50% by 2040. Neste has also set high standards for biodiversity, human rights and the supply chain. The company has consistently been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies. In 2022, Neste's revenue stood at EUR 25.7 billion. Read more: 

Outokumpu in brief

Outokumpu is the global leader in stainless steel. The foundation of our business is our ability to tailor stainless steel into any form and for almost any purpose. Stainless steel is sustainable, durable and designed to last forever. Our customers use it to create civilization’s basic structures and its most famous landmarks as well as products for households and various industries. Outokumpu employs approximately 8,500 professionals in close to 30 countries, with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and shares listed in Nasdaq Helsinki.