Environmental management and compliance


Environmental protection, safety, and legal compliance are cornerstones of Neste operations.

All Neste operations must comply with all applicable environmental regulatory requirements. The environmental permits specify the terms and conditions of operations, and our operations are responsible to comply with those terms and conditions. 

All of our refineries and additionally all terminals and storages as well as service stations in Finland and Baltics have been certified in accordance with the requirements of the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 standards. Besides the ISO management systems, environmental management at Neste involves several principles and guidelines. Our key policies and principles concerning environmental matters related to our own operations are Neste Sustainability Policy, Sustainability Principle and  Neste Environmental Management Principle (internal). 

In 2023, the Neste Environmental Management Principle was reviewed and amended to improve compliance assurance and environmental performance in all our operations by increasing the level of ambition in environmental management.The reviewed Environmental Management Principle also takes into account the new requirements of EU´s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS). 

The Environmental Management Principle gives detailed minimum requirements for all Neste operations in the following areas:

  • Environmental roles and responsibilities

  • Environmental aspects and impacts

    • Including emissions to air, water and soil + waste

    • Water withdrawal and discharge

  • Environmental planning in investment projects and changes

  • Environmental Risk Management

    • Environmentally critical operations identification

    • Environmentally critical systems and equipment

    • Soil and Groundwater Protection Program

    • Waste and hazardous waste handling and disposal

  • Environmental complaints / concerns

  • Compliance with Legislation and Regulations

  • Management of certain substances of concern

  • Performance measuring, monitoring and reporting

  • Continuous improvement

Neste aims to improve its environmental performance and reporting of its operations through monthly environmental compliance reporting, which is used to examine leaks and other environmental deviations that may have occurred (lagging indicators), as well as the availability of pollution prevention technology, availability alerts and compliance critical projects (leading indicators). 

Systematic monitoring of the environment

Our refineries are located next to waterways. Porvoo refinery is located close to natural habitats. Therefore our environmental monitoring is particularly systematic at the Porvoo refinery.

Environmental monitoring is included in the requirements of our refineries' environmental permits. Groundwater monitoring takes place at selected terminals and retail sites. 

In case of incidents, we rectify any damage to the environment without delay. Associated with normal operations, our refineries make impact assessments from time to time. At the Porvoo site, this is done also by finding out about the state of bioindicators, such as lichens and mosses.

Preserved and protected areas near our refineries

Nature conservation areas or protected sites are located close to our refinery in Porvoo, 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.

At the Naantali site, we have some areas that we have protected in the past. The area is forest, voluntarily protected under national legislation. The protected area is three hectares of the total 300 hectares. Other operational sites we own are located in more industrial areas, with a lower likelihood of impacting areas of high biodiversity value.

Our refineries in Rotterdam and Singapore are located on industrial areas built on reclaimed ground.

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