sustainability · 5/6/2021

“Change runs on renewables” is not just a brand promise: Neste’s transformation is done with renewables, and it is profitable

Neste Corporation, News, 6 May, 2021

A decade after refocusing its strategy on renewable fuels and plastics, Neste’s Q1 2021 results show that the company is on track in creating the change needed to build a more sustainable future.

Over the last decade, Neste has become a major player in renewables. Its transformation from a regional oil refinery to becoming a global leader in renewable and circular solutions speaks loudly about limitless curiosity, courage, hard work and perseverance. This inspiring journey has for example put Neste on the list of the 20 most transformative companies of the last decade globally and made it a winner of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards.

Now is the right time to also update the Neste brand and to make a bold promise to continue on this transformational path, to the benefit of future generations: Change runs on renewables.

The latest report by Brand Finance shows that the world’s top 50 most valuable oil and gas brands have, on average, lost 16% of their brand value. 

At the same time, Neste’s brand is growing in value. According to Brand Finance, in 2020 Neste was the third most valuable Finnish brand and the second fastest growing brand in Finland with a growth of 26% year-on-year. Neste was the highest placed new entrant to the ranking, and the company’s transformed strategy and updated brand have catapulted it to growth. 

Neste’s transformation became visible in its brand strategy update in 2015, when Neste Oil became Neste. Since then, the company’s market cap has grown by over 800% according to Brand Finance. 

Neste’s consistent work with renewables has been paying off, as demonstrated most recently also by the company’s reported Q1 figures. More than 90% of Neste’s comparable operating profits now come from its renewables business. Renewable products brought in a total of 294 million euros in comparable operating profit in the first quarter of 2021.

“This achievement is based on the transformation of Neste’s business in the past decade and we’re very proud of our work so far. We continue to expand our business, but we are also making significant investments into innovation and R&D to make sure that we can give solutions for combating climate change also in the future,” says Minna Aila, SVP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs at Neste.

From air to the roads – renewables run the world

Neste’s transformation and profitability have a solid foundation. The company’s journey towards a more sustainable future started in the 2000s, when it introduced its NEXBTL technology that allows Neste to turn a wide variety of renewable raw materials into premium products.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ keeps making transportation more sustainable together with consumers and partners such as McDonald’s and HAVI. For example, in the Netherlands used cooking oil from McDonald’s waste stream is turned into Neste MY Renewable Diesel to power HAVI’s logistics. Neste's renewable diesel results in significant GHG emission reduction over the fuel's lifecycle compared to fossil diesel.

Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ is a renewable fuel for aircrafts. In its neat form, the fuel helps reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%* compared to fossil jet fuel use. Neste is working with major airlines, such as American Airlines, Lufthansa, KLM, and Finnair on sustainable aviation, and the product is already used by over 10 airlines globally. Neste just announced a capacity modification investment in its Rotterdam refinery. Together with its Singapore expansion, Neste will have the capacity of producing 1.5 million tons of sustainable aviation fuel annually by the end of 2023.

The latest addition to Neste’s renewable product portfolio is Neste RE™, a 100% renewable and recycled raw material for plastics production. It takes on the global plastics waste challenge by bringing alternative solutions to the plastics and chemicals industry.

“Neste’s transformation shows that change really runs on renewables. Aviation and road transportation are the biggest industries that can benefit from lower-emission renewable fuels. We can offer real, fast and scalable solutions where they really matter – so that societies can run more sustainably,” continues Aila.

Digitally recycled video showcases the brand promise

Even Neste’s latest brand film supports the renewed brand promise “Change runs on renewables,” as the film is made entirely out of 120 different recycled video clips edited together to create a strong visual piece. The film brings up powerful moments from history, where revolutionary change was made while showing that even recycling can go digital.

“With our new brand film we wanted to honor the changemakers of the past and present. The change we need today, the change to carbon-neutrality, requires change in both mindsets and actions. This change is a team play and a choice we can all make: together we can create a healthier planet for our children,” says Aila.

Watch the new brand film here.

*) The method used to calculate life cycle emissions and emission reduction complies with the EU Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC).

More information: Please contact Neste’s media service, tel. +358 50 458 5076 / (weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EET)).

Neste in brief

Neste (NESTE, Nasdaq Helsinki) creates solutions for combating climate change and accelerating a shift to a circular economy. We refine waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials. We are the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, developing chemical recycling to combat the plastic waste challenge. We aim at helping customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with our renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030. As a technologically advanced refiner of high-quality oil products with a commitment to reach carbon-neutral production by 2035, we are also introducing renewable and recycled raw materials such as waste plastic as refinery raw materials. We have consistently been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies. In 2020, Neste's revenue stood at EUR 11.8 billion, with 94% of the company’s comparable operating profit coming from renewable products. Read more: