Neste Oil is part of a fleet demonstration program on a new blend of diesel fuel in Coburg, Germany. The aim of the program is to introduce to the market a fuel with a significantly higher proportion of renewable content than current diesel blends. The German Minister of Transport, Peter Ramsauer, will kick off the project today in Coburg.
The new blend, known as Diesel R33, contains 26% NExBTL renewable diesel, an HVO-type fuel produced by Neste Oil, 7% conventional biodiesel (FAME) produced from used cooking oil, and 67% fossil diesel. Thanks to the 26% share of HVO-type diesel the new blend offers by far the highest biofuel content of any diesel blend that fulfills and exceeds the requirements for diesel fuels used in the European Union. The maximum limit for adding FAME-type biofuel to fossil fuel under the EU’s Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) and the EN 590 diesel standard is 7%.
“Unlike conventional biodiesel, there are no technical limitations to blending Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable diesel, which opens up the potential for creating diesel blends that have high bio content and result in lower GHG and tailpipe emissions”, says Kaisa Hietala, Neste Oil’s Vice President, Renewable Fuels.
The one-year Diesel R33 demonstration project will include around 280 different types of vehicles – such as buses, cars, and trucks – and will test the performance of the new blend in traffic and the contribution it makes to reducing tailpipe emissions and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Diesel R33 project is a follow-up to a trial conducted in Coburg and Munich in 2010-2011. The results from this trial showed that the fuel, produced from 100% renewable inputs, is ideally suited to urban use and can make a significant contribution to reducing tailpipe emissions. Read more about the previous project.
The Diesel R33 project is financed by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health (StMUG), the European Union, and various other partners. In addition to Neste Oil, the project’s partners include German universities, research institutions, automotive manufacturers, and other companies:
- Coburg University of Applied Sciences
- ASG – Analytik – Service Gesellschaft
- Autohaus Heinrich-G. Bender GmbH & Co. KG
- Bundesverband Freier Tankstellen e.V. (BFT)
- Coburger Entsorgungs- und Baubetriebe (CEB)
- Continental AG
- Daimler AG
- ERC Emissions-Reduzierungs-Concepte GmbH
- HUK-Coburg-Allgemeine Versicherung AG
- LASCO Umformtechnik GmbH
- Steinbeis Transferzentrum Biokraftstoffe und Umweltmesstechnik
- Städtischen Werke Überlandwerke Coburg GmbH
- TECOSOL GmbH
- Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute
- Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops – UFOP
- Volkswagen AG
- Erik Walther GmbH & Co. KG
Sustainability is an essential part of the project, and the sustainability of all the raw materials used will be monitored thoroughly throughout the project.
Neste Oil Corporation
Director, Corporate Communications
Kaisa Hietala, Vice President/Renewable Fuels,
tel. +358 10 458 4128
About Neste Oil
Neste Oil Corporation is a refining and marketing company concentrating on low-emission, high-quality traffic fuels. The company produces a comprehensive range of major petroleum products and is the world’s leading supplier of renewable diesel. Neste Oil had net sales of EUR 17.9 billion in 2012 and employs around 5,000 people, and is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.
Neste Oil is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Ethibel Pioneer Investment Register, and has featured in The Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable corporations for many years. Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) has ranked Neste Oil as one of the best performers in the oil & gas sector.
Source: Neste Oil Corporation, press release, 2013-08-01.