Year 2014
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Certified raw materials and production plants

Compliance with the sustainability criteria that cover the entire renewable fuel production chain is verified in the European Union using certification systems approved by the European Commission. These include, for example, International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC EU), covering any type of feedstock, and the RSPO-RED system for palm oil. These systems define what constitutes sustainable operations and the criteria to be used for establishing said operations, together with the supply chain documentation required. In all, Neste Oil uses six different certification systems. The criteria covering the sustainability of renewable fuels in the US are set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Certification systems used by Neste Oil

  ISCC DE ISCC EU ISCC PLUS RSPO RED RSPO SCCS HVO SCHEME
Neste Oil Corporation X X        
Neste Renewable Fuels Oy (Porvoo) X X X X X  
Neste Renewable Fuels Oy (Rotterdam) X X X X X X
Neste Oil (Suisse) S.A. X X        
Neste Oil Singapore Pte Ltd X X X X X  

All crude palm oil used is certified

All the crude palm oil used by Neste Oil in its renewable diesel production is certified. Crude palm oil is certified in accordance with the ISCC or RSPO-RED systems. Unlike many companies for example in the food industry, Neste Oil does not buy certificates from the world market, but always sources its certified crude palm oil directly from producer companies. All of the mills supplying crude palm oil to Neste Oil are ISCC- or RSPO-certified.

All of the animal fat used in our products is certified in the European market, which guarantees the free movement of the feedstocks within the EU. Products delivered to the United States are approved according to EPA criteria.

We purchase and sell ethanol and ethers that are verified according to a certification system approved by the European Commission. Ethanol and ethers are blended into, for example, in the gasoline sold in the Finnish market. Our ethanol and ether trading office is located in Geneva, Switzerland.

Neste Oil's sustainability verification system adopted

Neste Oil has developed its own sustainability verification system (HVO Verification Scheme) to support the verification process of the sustainable production of renewable feedstocks. The European Commission approved the scheme as one of the EU’s official systems for verifying sustainability in early 2014. The system meets the strict requirements for biofuels set by EU legislation and enables the utilization of an increasing number of waste and residues in processing. Similarly to other certification systems used by Neste Oil, an independent third party audits the HVO Verification Scheme system. The first certificates under our scheme were granted in 2014.

All renewable diesel production plants are certified and EPA-approved

All Neste Oil's refineries producing renewable NEXBTL diesel have certificates approved by the European Commission and EPA approval. The certificates and EPA approvals are proof that the production of renewable diesel and sourcing of raw materials comply with the EU's Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the regulations of the EPA. In addition, they certify that the NEXBTL diesel produced by Neste Oil is suitable for fulfilling the biomandate requirements in the EU Member States and the US. Our renewable diesel refinery in Rotterdam was awarded the HVO Verification Scheme certificate in 2014.

Sustainability scheme approved by the Finnish Energy Authority

The European Union's RES (Renewable Energy Sources) Directive requires all biofuel producers to hold sustainability certificates for proving the sustainable production of the biofuel batches. In order to receive the sustainability certificate, Finnish biofuel producers must seek the approval of the Finnish Energy Authority for their sustainability system. The Energy Authority approved Neste Oil's sustainability scheme in 2014. The system will be verified annually.