We ensure the sustainability of our renewable fuel production chain with certifications. Certifications that we use include the EU-compliant ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification), RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), and HVO Scheme. In the United States, the sustainability of our renewable fuels is monitored through the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) sustainability requirements.
ISCC is raw material-independent system. RSPO is particularly designed for certifying palm oil. HVO Scheme, in turn, is used for certifying fuels based on waste and residue type of raw materials.
HVO Verification Scheme was approved by the European Commission (EC) in 2014. The system development has been led by Neste. It is currently used to verify EU RED compliance of biofuels based on waste and residue raw materials.
What does certification ensure?
The certification systems specify what constitutes sustainable operations, what their criteria are, and how the functioning of the supply chain should be documented.
Certifications ensure that during production:
- there is no cultivation in restricted areas (e.g., high carbon stock areas and rainforests)
- the greenhouse gas emission reduction covering the product's entire life cycle is calculated correctly
- biodiversity or endangered species have not been put at risk
- there is no land grabbing
- human rights have not been violated
- workers' rights have been respected.
Certification covers the entire supply chain
We only accept certified, fully traceable crude palm oil. However, not all raw materials used in the production of renewable fuels are required to be certified. If certification is not required, the sustainability of the raw material production is verified in accordance with Neste's own policies and principles for sustainability and the legislation of the country to which the fuel will be supplied. All our raw material suppliers must pass a due diligence process related to sustainability of the raw material production.
All of our refineries producing renewable products have ISCC and RSPO certificates, and they have been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This proves that our production and raw material sourcing comply with the European Union's Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the requirements of EPA, and meet the environmental obligations in the EU Member States and the United States.
Certificates in Neste