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Espoo opts for renewable diesel

It is part of a plan to make the city carbon-neutral over the next 12 years

Neste MY renewable diesel is now available at the service station in Muurala, Espoo
Neste MY renewable diesel is now available at the service station in Muurala, Espoo

The Public Works Department at the City of Espoo has chosen to use Neste MY Renewable Diesel in all of its diesel-powered machines. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is produced entirely from waste and residues.


The transition to renewable diesel is part of the Finnish city’s plan to be carbon-neutral by 2030 in a staged approach.


"One of the cornerstones of the City of Espoo’s strategy is to make Espoo carbon neutral over the next 12 years. One important step in this direction is the adoption of Neste MY Renewable Diesel, which will be taken into use for our diesel powered machines and other mobile equipment,” says Harri Tanska, director of Public Works Department at the City of Espoo.

“This product enables us to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 per cent. This is the same amount of emissions that would be reduced every year by taking around 400 cars off the road.


“This figure is clearly higher than the number of cars used by the Public Works Department of the City of Espoo. We’re pleased to be able to start the new year with renewable diesel, allowing us to make a much smaller carbon footprint."

Sam Holmberg, vice president responsible for Neste’s marketing and services business area in Finland, points out that research carried out at the Tampere University of Technology reveals local emissions can drop practically overnight by a large fraction after switching to Neste MY Renewable Diesel.

"At the turn of the year, we expanded the availability of Neste MY Renewable Diesel in Espoo to take in the Muurala service station. This means that this top quality product is now available for light vehicles at nine service stations, and for heavy vehicles at twelve Neste truck stations. We want to thank the salespeople at Neste Espoo Muurala service station for being pioneers in adding Neste MY Renewable Diesel to their product range," Holmberg continued.

"We are proud to become one of the service stations selling Neste MY Renewable Diesel. We’re also delighted to contribute in this way to the efforts of the City of Espoo to fighting climate change," says Martti Lipponen of the Neste service station in Muurala.

In Finland, Neste MY Renewable Diesel has also been adopted by the City of Porvoo and by companies such as Lassila & Tikanoia and DB Schenker. Other users of Neste MY Renewable Diesel are the Finnish airport operator, Finavia, in its airport buses at Helsinki Airport, and the non-governmental aid organisation, UFF, in its logistics chain.


As part of Europe’s largest coordinated advanced biofuels project, BioSata, Neste provides Helsinki City Construction Services, Stara, with premium-quality, entirely waste and residue based Neste MY Renewable Diesel to be used in Stara’s working machines and trucks.


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