|24 January 2017|

Finland

A pioneering sustainability project has produced 10,000 litres of renewable diesel – enough to power a car around the world four times.

The Neste MY Renewable Diesel was produced from 12,000 kg waste ham fat, contributed by Finnish households as part of a Christmas campaign by Neste – Kinkkutemppu – which literally translates into Ham Trick. From this waste ham fat, Neste produced 10,000 litres of Neste MY Renewable Diesel at its Porvoo refinery for sale at Neste stations. Neste donates the value of the product to Hope, an association which helps low-income families, and to Icehearts, a sports club which aims to prevent social exclusion and promote well-being.

The idea for the campaign started from the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland and attracted a number of companies and associations. Fat recycling containers were placed all over Finland, with Neste collecting the ham fat to produce Neste MY Renewable Diesel at its Porvoo refinery.

Osmo Kammonen, Senior Vice President, Communications and Brand Marketing at Neste said: “Altogether, we received 12,000 kg of waste ham fat, producing enough renewable diesel to travel four times around the globe. This is a huge figure. It is an indication of the interest of Finnish people towards this campaign and the circular economy in general. The campaign is a good example of how waste and residues can be utilized in energy production and as a raw material for renewable fuels. Neste refines waste fat using the same NEXBTL technology, with which it has become the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel.”

He continued: “This campaign involved a number of different parties whose cooperation was excellent. We all found this campaign to be meaningful, and we worked hard for its success. I wish to thank all of our partners and everyone who donated their waste ham fat and took this campaign to their hearts. The future lies in the circular economy.”