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Renewable raw material sourcing

Neste’s supply chain management is based on the company’s sustainability policies and principles. Neste only accepts sustainably-produced renewable raw materials from carefully selected partners. Sustainability of the raw materials used in the production of renewable fuels is a minimum requirement for us. 

Identifying and selecting good partners is crucial to the sustainability of our supply chains. In addition to understanding the sustainability performance of our direct suppliers, we also want to gain visibility in practices throughout the entire renewable raw material supply chain, including our sub-suppliers. 

During the supplier onboarding we require our renewable raw material suppliers to disclose their supply chain actors and locations as determined by market requirements – and even go beyond that in some cases. For crude palm oil we, for example, need to know the exact coordinates of the plantations. As for used cooking oil, in addition to regulatory requirements, we require exact information about the actors in our supply chain until the collection point where the used cooking oil is gathered.

Overview of raw material supply chain

Wastes and residues make up 92% of our renewable raw material usage

Our proprietary NEXBTL technology allows the use of almost any vegetable oil or waste fat in the production of renewable products. In recent years, we have not only expanded our raw material portfolio but also significantly increased the share of waste and residues in our total renewable raw material usage.

Waste and residues accounted for 92% of Neste’s renewable raw materials inputs globally in 2021. Animal fat from food industry waste, used cooking oil and various wastes and residues from vegetable oils processing represent the top three waste and residue raw material categories we use, based on their current and estimated shares of Neste’s total annual renewable raw material inputs.

Read more about our raw materials.