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How is SAF produced
Neste MY SAF
How is Neste MY SAF produced?
Why waste perfectly good waste when we can fly with it?
Learn how Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)™ is produced. Our own NEXBTL™ technology allows the use of almost any waste fat or vegetable oil to produce SAF.
What many see as waste, Neste sees as valuable raw material
The majority of our renewable raw material inputs consist of waste and residues - like used cooking oil, animal fat waste and other waste and residues from vegetable oil processing.
The raw materials are pre-treated
The waste and residue materials are pre-treated to remove impurities. This creates a clean, pure raw material that can be turned into clean, odorless sustainable fuel.
Refining into SAF
SAF is made from hydrocarbon molecules through a process called hydrodeoxygenation. Oxygen originating from renewable raw materials is removed with the help of additional hydrogen. Other impurities, like sulphur and nitrogen, are also removed during this process. Hydrocarbons are then isomerized to fine-tune the properties of the end products into SAF and other renewables. During this process, the hydrocarbon structure is branched to create the desired properties, a unique element of our proprietary NEXBTL™ technology. After the isomerization step is completed, further distillation is completed so that SAF fully meets ASTM 7566 requirements.
The end result is Neste MY SAF
Neste MY SAF is then blended with conventional jet fuel as current ASTM standards allow SAF to be blended up to 50%. It is then ready to be delivered to airports to fuel aircraft, sustainably.
Sustainability at Neste
As the world’s leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel, our business is built upon sustainability. We refine our renewable products from waste and residues. As the climate crisis continues urgent action is needed to reduce emissions and create a healthier planet for our children, saving lives and livelihoods requires urgent effort. Renewable and circular solutions are our contribution to keeping societies running sustainably. In 2021, we broadened our sustainability vision: we are aiming at tackling the climate crisis, biodiversity loss and inequalities – not just in our own operations, but also in our value chain.