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Lapland Airports in Finland switch to Neste MY Renewable Diesel

The Finnish airport operator Finavia has decided to adopt Neste MY Renewable Diesel in its vehicles at Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Ivalo and Kittilä airports. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is produced from waste and residues. The switch to renewable fuel is part of Finavia’s goal to make its airports carbon dioxide neutral by 2020.

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Helsinki Airport is already carbon dioxide neutral. Next we will aim to achieve the same in our airports in Lapland. Using Neste MY Renewable Diesel as our vehicle fuel is a key part of our climate program. It is excellently suited to our purposes, as it helps us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 90 percent compared to the emissions from conventional fossil diesel.

—Mikko Viinikainen, Vice President, Sustainability & Environment at Finavia

Neste MY Renewable Diesel has been in use at Helsinki Airport for more than a year—for example, in apron buses. During this period, the product has helped Finavia to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 610 metric tons.

Finavia’s efforts in this area are pioneering on an international scale, and Finavia has ambitious goals for reducing its emissions. We are delighted to be able to extend our cooperation with Finavia and help it achieve its goals. Diesel vehicles can switch to using Neste MY Renewable Diesel without having to make any changes to existing engines. Also for years now our refueling trucks have used Neste MY Renewable Diesel. The product is an ideal choice for the Nordic climate, since it can withstand temperatures as low as -34 °C.

—Sam Holmberg, Vice President of Neste Marketing and Services in Finland

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is currently available from a total of 13 light traffic and 13 heavy traffic filling stations in southern Finland, Jyväskylä and Seinäjoki; Neste plans to extend its availability to northern Finland in the near future, Holmberg added.

Comments

Engineer-Poet

Neste MY "Renewable" Diesel is made from waste fat and hydrogen.  The hydrogen is used to break the ester bonds between the glycerol backbone and the fatty acid chain and de-oxygenate the hydroxyl and carboxyl groups, forming long-chain hydrocarbons (diesel) from the fatty acids and propane from the glycerol.

This begs the issues of (a) feasible supply and (b) impact of substitution.  The supply of waste fat is quite small compared to diesel consumption, so either the production is quite limited or it has to be expanded with virgin feedstock.  Then there's the impact of substituting whatever the fat used to go for (animal feed?) with virgin feedstock, including land-use change.  Nowhere have I seen these issues addressed.

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