Our business is dependent on natural resources. For our planet and our business to thrive and be resilient, the prerequisite is restoring and protecting healthy ecosystems.
Biodiversity is one of the cornerstones of Neste’s sustainability vision, and we aim to drive a positive impact on biodiversity and achieve a nature positive value chain by 2040. Nature positive business means that the overall business creates more benefits than causes adverse impacts to nature.
Our ambition level to support the vision:
- We aim at creating net positive impacts (NPI) for biodiversity from new activities from 2025 onwards.
- We target no net loss (NNL) of biodiversity from all ongoing activities by 2035.
Protecting biodiversity is integrated into our sustainability practices, processes and policies like our Code of Conduct. We are committed to protecting natural environments with the minimum possible negative impact. Biodiversity is considered in our supply chain; we have committed to combating deforestation in our supply chains, and to avoiding the conversion of habitats with valuable biodiversity for biomass production, requiring the same from all our suppliers and spearheading transparency in our industry’s supply chain.
Systematic monitoring of the environment
Our refineries are located next to waterways and natural habitats across Finland. Therefore our environmental monitoring is particularly systematic at our refineries. Environmental monitoring is included in the requirements of our refineries' environmental permits.
We rectify any damage to the environment without delay. Our Finnish refineries make impact assessments continuously, finding out about the state of local habitats by investigating bioindicators, such as lichens and mosses.
Preserved and protected areas near our refineries
Nature conservation areas or protected sites are located close to our refineries in Finland. The Stormossen bog, a 75-hectare domed bog, to the west of the Porvoo refinery is protected and is part of the European Natura 2000 network of nature conservation sites.
The Vanto area of deciduous woodland close to the Naantali refinery, is also a protected area by our request. We always take areas, such as these into account in our operations and strive to protect them and the rest of the environment around our refineries.
Our refineries in Rotterdam and Singapore are located on industrial areas built on reclaimed ground.