02 November 2018

Åland is heading towards a cleaner future with Neste MY Renewable Diesel

Published in Releases and news

Photo: Viking Line Buss

Neste Corporation Press Release 2 November 2018, 11 am. (EET)

Local transportation on the Åland Islands in the Baltic Sea is switching to Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ which is produced entirely from waste and residues. The first vehicles to use the product are the local and charter buses of the Viking Line Buss and Williams Buss companies, in addition to the Åland Post fleet.

“We are constantly striving to reduce our environmental impact, and we want to play our part in combating climate change. That is why we chose to introduce cleaner transportation and Neste MY Renewable Diesel to our business. Switching to renewable diesel will help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 90 percent compared to the emissions from conventional fossil diesel,” says Viking Line Buss CEO Jim Häggblom.

By estimation, using Neste MY Renewable Diesel in Åland will make it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40 kilograms per inhabitant per year. This reduction is equivalent to the removal of almost 400 passenger cars from the road for a year.

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Our energy and climate strategy is aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions by at least 60 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. Our vision is to use only renewable energy and clean fuels in the future. With this in mind, it is great that we in Åland have pioneering companies such as Viking Line Buss, Williams Buss and Åland Post, who are adopting renewable energy so extensively,” says Camilla Gunell, Deputy Premier and Minister of Industry, Trade and Environment of the Government of Åland.

“We are delighted that these Åland’s transportation companies have decided to make the switch to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Companies can start using Neste MY without having to make any modifications to the existing fleet. It is also important that the fuel maintains its performance in winter conditions. Neste My Renewable Diesel can be used without worry all year round, since it can withstand temperatures as low as -34 °C,” explains Sam Holmberg, Vice President of Neste Marketing and Services in Finland.

For a cleaner archipelago

In addition to the Åland Islands, Neste is part of the efforts to bring about a cleaner archipelago as part of the Journey to Zero project. The project involves partners working together to explore and experiment together to find solutions that will help steer the world towards a fossil-free future. One goal of the Journey to Zero project is to make the island of Lidö, in the Stockholm archipelago, fossil fuel free within a year.

“The Baltic Sea and its beautiful islands and archipelagos deserve a cleaner future. By making Lidö fossil fuel free, we want to encourage others to make their own contribution in ensuring a brighter future,” Holmberg continues. “Åland’s is a fine example leading the way with its ambitious emissions reduction targets.”

Neste Corporation

Kaisa Lipponen
Director, Corporate Communications and Brand Marketing

More information:

Camilla Gunell, Deputy Premier and Minister of Industry, Trade and Environment of the Government of Åland, tel. +358 40 827 0718;
Jim Häggblom, CEO, Viking Line Buss AB, tel. +353 40 180 1350;
Sam Holmberg, Vice President, Neste Marketing & Services Finland, tel. +358 50 458 4078

Read more:

Neste MY Renewable Diesel
Viking Line Buss
Williams Buss
Åland Post
Ålands Landskapsregering (Åland provincial government; in Swedish)

Neste in brief

Neste (NESTE, Nasdaq Helsinki) creates sustainable solutions for transport, business, and consumer needs. Our wide range of renewable products enable our customers to reduce climate emissions. We are the world's largest producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues, introducing renewable solutions also to the aviation and plastics industries. We are also a technologically advanced refiner of high-quality oil products. We want to be a reliable partner with widely valued expertise, research, and sustainable operations. In 2017, Neste's revenue stood at EUR 13.2 billion. In 2018, Neste placed 2nd on the Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world. Read more: neste.com

Neste MY Renewable Diesel in brief

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is classified as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO). It is a premium-quality product and it can be used in any blending ratio or as such in all diesel engines.