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Hamburg Airport’s heavy-duty ground fleet using Neste renewable diesel

Hamburg airport in Germany has started using Neste’s renewable diesel as a solution to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. Part of the airport’s ground fleet has already been powered by alternative energy sources. The switch to renewables will now be completed with the heavy duty vehicles, such as aircraft tugs and fire-fighting vehicles, making Hamburg Airport the first major international airport in the world to replace all fossil fuels with renewables in its entire diesel-powered ground fleet.

The users of the fuel reported significantly less soot and smell and a slightly reduced consumption during the four months of tests preceding the final decision. The fuel had a very good engine start performance in addition to which the vehicles did not need as frequent maintenance work due to less soot and less oil dilution.

The fuel produced by Neste consists entirely of premium-quality renewable diesel. It is a drop-in fuel that can be used to replace conventional fossil diesel without any modifications to the existing diesel engines or investments in storage or logistical systems. The fuel is supplied locally with the brand name “C.A.R.E. Diesel” by Neste’s customer Tool Fuel, a company specialized in the distribution of renewable fuel.

While smaller Kiruna and Bromma airports in Sweden have already tested 100% renewable diesel in their ground fleet, Oslo Gardemoen Airport can be considered the first European biohub in aviation after it started offering renewable jet fuel to all airlines visiting the airport in January 2016. Neste as the world leader in renewable fuel solutions plays a key role in all of these.

Using Neste Renewable Diesel produced from 100% renewable raw materials can cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% over the lifecycle of the product compared to conventional diesel. Its use can additionally reduce levels of local emissions that have a negative impact on air quality.

The company produces its renewable products from over 10 different raw materials. Nearly 80% of the company’s renewable products are based on waste and residues.


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