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Neste Oil achieves its palm oil certification target two years early

17 December 2013

Neste Oil has achieved its long-term target of using only certified palm oil as an input for its renewable diesel (NExBTL) production process. The original target, set in 2009, was that 100% of the raw palm oil used would be certified by the end of 2015. All the renewable inputs used by Neste Oil have been traced back to the plantations and production sites from which they come since the company began producing renewable diesel in 2007.

Certification verifies that the sustainability criteria set for biofuels are met throughout the supply chain. Neste Oil requires all its palm oil suppliers to be members of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil). The palm oil used by Neste Oil is certified in accordance with the international certification systems approved under EU legislation, such as ISCC and RSPO-RED.

These systems define what constitutes sustainable operations and the criteria used for determining sustainability, together with the documentation required for a sustainable supply chain. An independent third-party body is responsible for auditing Neste Oil's certified palm oil producers annually.

Palm oil is one of the more than 10 different types of vegetable oil and waste and residues that Neste Oil uses to produce NExBTL renewable diesel. Waste and residues currently account for around half of the renewable inputs used by Neste Oil, while certified palm oil accounts for around the other half.

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