renewable-solutions · 4/6/2022

Neste enabled the first-ever transport of renewable diesel by pipeline in Europe to help reduce emissions from fuel transports by 92%

Neste Corporation, News, 6 April 2022

Photo: Trapil
Neste, Altens and TRAPIL have collaborated to enable the first-ever transport of renewable diesel (often also referred to as “HVO100”) by a pipeline in Europe. With a pipeline transport, the greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 92% compared to conventional logistics by tanker trucks. The fuel transport of Neste-produced renewable diesel took place on 28 March 2022 between the harbor in Le Havre, located in northwestern France, and Gennevilliers, close to Paris. This made large volumes of renewable diesel available widely in the region, also in big cities such as Paris.
Altogether 3.5 million liters of Neste-produced renewable diesel was transported by TRAPIL via the pipeline to the depot in Gennevilliers, where Altens stores its products for the region. The distance between Le Havre and Gennevilliers is 192 km via the pipeline. The delivery took less than 48 hours to complete and replaced 110 truck deliveries. The pipeline transport of renewable diesel provides a lower-emission alternative to fuel logistics.

"The use of a pipeline in fuel logistics allows us to ensure the emissions from fuel logistics remain as low as possible. It also plays an essential role in the security of supply,  and the greenhouse gas emissions are 35% smaller when compared with transports with electrified rail" says President Mohamed Bennama at Altens.
"We are very happy about this partnership enabling renewable diesel to be transported via pipeline for the first time in Europe. We share the common ambitions with Altens and TRAPIL, with which we were now able to take another step forward in our efforts to reduce the road transport emissions in France," says Peter Zonneveld, Vice President Sales Renewable Road Transportation Europe and APAC at Neste.   
Renewable diesel, also known as HVO100
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is produced from 100% renewable raw materials. It helps reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 90%* on the average when emissions over the fuel's life cycle are compared with fossil diesel. The renewable diesel is a “drop-in” fuel, fully compatible with all diesel engines, not requiring any modifications to the existing vehicles or fuel distribution infrastructures. 
*) The methodology for calculating life cycle emissions and emissions reduction complies with the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive II (2018/2001/EU)

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 sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel and developing chemical recycling to combat the plastic waste challenge. We aim at helping customers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions with our renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030. Our ambition is to make the Porvoo oil refinery in Finland the most sustainable refinery in Europe by 2030. We are introducing renewable and recycled raw materials such as liquefied waste plastic as refinery raw materials. We have committed to reaching carbon-neutral production by 2035, and we will reduce the carbon emission intensity of sold products by 50% by 2040. We also have set high standards for biodiversity, human rights and supply chain. We have consistently been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies. In 2021, Neste's revenue stood at EUR 15.1 billion. Read more:

Trapil is the historical operator of the pipeline networks in France and transports approximately 50% of French hydrocarbon consumption (including 16.5 million tonnes in 2021 on the LHP network). Trapil is currently working on adapting its networks to allow the transport of all low-carbon liquid fuels (LCLF) such as bioethanol, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and synthetic fuels.

About Altens

Altens is the leading French supplier of a complete range of alternative non-fossil fuels for the transport sector. It offers a unique range of turnkey, flexible solutions to help transport companies and their customers make the transition to energy.