Two sample bottles of Neste RE product.

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Two sample bottles of Neste RE product.

Neste RETM is a raw material used in the production of polymers. Made from renewable and recycled materials, Neste RE is a more sustainable solution over fossil raw materials for plastics. Technically, Neste RE is pure hydrocarbons and can replace fossil hydrocarbons such as naphtha in plastics value chains. 

Neste RE is used as a feedstock for steam crackers. It can be used as a 1:1 replacement of fossil feedstock to produce exactly the same products. Neste RE can be used in a blend with fossil feedstock as well. 

Neste RE can be produced via two routes: renewable Neste RE is made from 100% bio-based materials such as waste and residue oils and fats. Recycled Neste RE is made from chemically recycled plastic waste. Both routes lead to the same product: a high-quality raw material for the production of plastics. 

Neste RE can be produced via two routes: renewable Neste RE is made from 100% bio-based materials such as waste and residue oils and fats. Recycled Neste RE is made from chemically recycled plastic waste.

Renewable Neste RE is produced via our proprietary NEXBTL technology, which turns bio-based raw materials such as residue oils and fats into high-quality and pure hydrocarbons. 

Learn more about NEXBTL.

Recycled Neste RE is produced via chemical recycling. For this purpose, we are sourcing liquefied plastic waste in our crude oil refinery in Porvoo. The liquefied waste plastic is thereby upgraded into high-quality feedstock for plastics again.

Learn more about chemical recycling.

Neste has a total production capacity for renewable products of some 3.3 million tonnes. This will increase to 5.5 million tonnes in early 2024 and to 6.8 million tonnes by the end of 2026. This capacity encompasses all of Neste’s renewable products: Neste MY Renewable DieselTM, Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM and Neste RE. 

When it comes to the capacities for chemical recycling, Neste has so far processed more than 6,000 tons of liquefied waste plastic into recycled Neste RE. Neste is currently scaling up the capacities in the course of a project at its refinery in Porvoo (project “PULSE”): The targeted pretreatment and upgrading capacity of project PULSE is 400,000 tons per year. This capacity will be reached gradually by 2028. In June 2023, Neste made a final investment decision to commence construction of upgrading facilities in Porvoo in the course of project PULSE. With the investment of 111 million euros, Neste will build the capacity to upgrade 150,000 tons of liquefied waste plastic per year. The new facility is planned to be finalized in the first half of 2025.

Renewable Neste RE can be produced at all of our renewable refineries in Rotterdam, Porvoo or Singapore. Recycled Neste RE is produced at our crude oil refinery in Porvoo. 

Neste RE can be used to replace fossil raw materials for plastics manufacturing. It thereby reduces our dependence on fossil resources. 

Life cycle assessment (LCA) for renewable Neste RE shows that GHG emissions are reduced by more than 85% when it replaces fossil feedstock in plastics manufacturing. For recycled Neste RE, an LCA shows a reduction of more than 35% of GHG emissions when plastic waste is chemically recycled instead of incinerated and then used to replace fossil feedstock in plastics manufacturing. 

Neste RE is already used to produce various plastic applications across industries. Examples include clear cups, diapers, pacifiers and strollers, food packaging and construction materials such as pipes for drinking water systems. Read more here.