Neste Renewable Diesel produced from 100% renewable raw materials can help its users reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% over the lifecycle of the fuel compared to conventional fossil diesel. In 2015, Neste Renewable Diesel made it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6.4 million tons. This corresponds to greenhouse gas emissions of 2.3 million cars annually.
Neste Renewable Diesel and crude oil based diesel differ both in the total amount of emissions generated throughout their life cycles, as well as in how the emissions are distributed between the different phases of their life cycles.
Reduced local emissions
In addition to significant carbon emission reduction potential, Neste Renewable Diesel offers a cost-effective solution for reducing traffic-related local emissions and improving local air quality in urban areas. Its use can improve air quality in cities making it an excellent alternative for powering city buses, for example.
Professor Nils-Olof Nylund tells about Neste Renewable Diesel's positive impact on air emissions
Scientific studies and field trials* have shown that the use of pure, 100% Neste Renewable Diesel offers the following benefits:
• 33% lower levels of fine particulates (and a smaller number of particulates in general)
• 9% less nitrogen oxides (NOx)
• 30% less hydrocarbons (HC)
• 24% lower carbon monoxide (CO) emissions
• reduced levels of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
Local emissions can, of course, be reduced effectively also by investing in a new fleet, for example, in vehicles with electric engines or the most modern diesel engines. However, if such investment is not an option and there is a need to reduce harmful emissions immediately, Neste Renewable Diesel offers a drop-in solution that the existing vehicles can use right away. The older and less developed the engines, the clearer the emission-cutting benefits from Neste Renewable Diesel are.
*) These average emission reduction figures are derived from studies on Neste Renewable Diesel and HVO fuels when 100% Neste Renewable Diesel has been used as the fuel. Vehicle emissions have been compared to those of conventional sulfur-free diesel. Findings are published in over 40 scientific publications.