people, innovation · 7/4/2023

Neste’s inventors honored with the European Inventor Award 2023

Neste Corporation, Press Release, 4 July 2023 at 4.00 p.m. (EET) 

Photo: Neste’s Annika Malm, Pia Bergström, Jukka-Pekka Pasanen, Jukka Myllyoja and Blanka Toukoniitty have been honored with the European Inventor Award 2023 in the Industry category. Source: European Patent Office

Neste, the world’s leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel, renewable diesel and renewable feedstock solutions for various polymers and chemicals industry uses, is proud to announce that its inventors have been honored with the prestigious European Inventor Award 2023 in the Industry category. The award was granted by the European Patent Office (EPO). The award of the industry category recognizes inventors of commercially successful technologies patented by large European companies. The award was presented today, 4 July 2023, at a ceremony in Valencia, Spain.

The winning team representing Neste innovation community included inventors Pia Bergström, Senior Specialist, Feedstock; Annika Malm, Senior Associate; Jukka Myllyoja, R&D Fellow; Jukka-Pekka Pasanen, Senior Associate; and Blanka Toukoniitty, Technical Support Lead, Feedstock growth. They were granted the award for their work on converting waste and residues into high-quality renewable solutions. In this area, they have been involved in the innovation work and related patents. 

“Gratitude is uppermost in our minds - we highly appreciate this award. We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to each collaborator who has contributed with their know-how, dedication, and unwavering support into Neste’s extraordinary achievement on converting waste and residues into high-quality renewable solutions. This award is a reward of our cooperation and long-term hard work towards the common company goals,” says Neste’s winning team.

“As a company, we are thrilled and honored to receive the European Inventor Award. This recognition reflects intelligence, passion, and relentless pursuit of excellence of our innovation community. It further reinforces our commitment to innovation and our position as a leading industry player. I would like to warmly congratulate the winners for the award and thank them for their contribution to the company's success,” says Lars Peter Lindfors, Executive Vice President, Innovation at Neste.

Innovation has been driving Neste’s growth, and it is one of the enablers of Neste’s success. Looking ahead, Neste is committed to advancing its research, development and innovation work in order to create novel innovative solutions that respond to evolving challenges and contribute to the development of the industry. This prestigious recognition further motivates the company to pursue excellence and push the boundaries of innovation.

Neste Corporation

Susanna Sieppi
Vice President, Communications

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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 are committed to reaching carbon-neutral production by 2035, and we will reduce the carbon emission intensity of sold products by 50% by 2040. We have also 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 2022, Neste's revenue stood at EUR 25.7 billion. Read more: