Neste Renewable Diesel

High performing low carbon biofuel

Neste developed Neste Renewable Diesel, a low carbon biofuel, in order to help its customers reduce their carbon footprint. Neste Renewable Diesel, produced 100% from renewable raw materials, offers an easy way to lower traffic emissions and increase the proportion of renewable energy used in transport.

Neste Renewable Diesel plays a significant role in the implementation of California’s Climate Plan

For fleets
The low emission profile of Neste Renewable Diesel is a major benefit  for fleet use. As renewable diesel's chemical composition is comparable to fossil fuel it also behaves just like petroleum diesel. This enables fleets to switch to cleaner fuel overnight without making any additional investments or modifications to their fleet. Switching to premium-quality Neste Renewable Diesel can help lower a fleet operator’s service and maintenance costs. Also, the lower emission levels mean that fleets can contribute to improving local air quality. Therefore renewable diesel is an excellent alternative for powering city buses, for example.

For distributors
Neste Renewable Diesel is fully compatible with the existing fuel distribution infrastructure, and engines. The product can be blended and distributed within the existing diesel infrastructure; all the way from the refinery to service stations and end-users. With no blending limits, Neste Renewable Diesel is a cost-efficient solution and enables flexible fulfillment of biofuel mandates.

For refiners
The benefits of Neste Renewable Diesel for the refiner are clear. Excellent blending properties mean that even heavier, lower cetane diesel cuts can be flexibly upgraded to on-spec fuel grades that meet biomandate needs in one easy step. As renewable diesel is fully compatible with the existing fuel infrastructure, no investments are required. The fuel's excellent performance comes with a similarly strong cold weather performance.

When we call Neste Renewable Diesel a premium-quality fuel, we are not just comparing it to other bio-alternatives. It outperforms conventional biodiesel as well as petroleum diesel in terms of both engine performance and environmental impact.


Suitable for all diesel engines

Neste Renewable Diesel meets the toughest requirements set by automotive manufacturers. It is fully compatible with all modern diesel engines in cars, buses, trucks and non-road machinery. In addition, Neste Renewable Diesel is seamlessly compatible with the existing distribution infrastructure.

Due to its fossil fuel like chemical composition, Neste Renewable Diesel is an optimum bio-component for blending in diesel fuel. The quality-related blending limitations* do not apply to Neste Renewable Diesel. It can be safely blended up to 100%**.

Significantly reduced emissions

Using Neste Renewable Diesel produced from 100% renewable raw materials can achieve up to 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over its lifecycle compared to fossil diesel. In addition, it can reduce levels of local emissions that have a negative impact on air quality. Thanks to the positive contribution to improving urban air quality, it's an excellent alternative for powering city buses, for example.

Scientific studies and field trials have shown that using 100% Neste Renewable Diesel reduces vehicle emissions significantly*** compared to conventional sulfur-free diesel. The attributes include:

  • fine particulates are 33% lower, and the number of particulates is also smaller
  • nitrogen oxides (NOx) are 9% lower
  • hydrocarbons (HC) are 30% lower
  • carbon monoxide (CO) is 24% lower
  • polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are also reduced

* Many engine manufacturers do not recommend the use of conventional FAME-type biodiesel in high blends or at all in fear of possible engine damage.
** The ASTM D976 standard in the USA and CAN/CGSB 3.517 standard in Canada allow 100% renewable diesel to be used.
*** These average emission reductions are based on findings published in over 40 scientific publications on renewable diesel and HVO fuels related to tests using 100% NEXBTL renewable diesel.

Available for consumers in California

Nearly 100% Neste Renewable Diesel is available for consumers in California through our retail customers.

Neste Renewable Diesel has been available to Finnish drivers in the form of Neste Pro Diesel – which contains a minimum of 15% Neste Renewable Diesel – since 2012 and in Lithuania since 2014.