Neste is turning waste ham fat into renewable diesel for charity
This Christmas, rather than just talk about the circular economy we are going to show how it works. We saw an opportunity in the Christmas tradition of our ham-loving country to show that there are everyday things that can be used to improve the bioeconomy. Or in this case, festive things.
In Finland, around seven million kilograms of ham are eaten every Christmas. And every year, excess fat causes problems for households and water supply plants. Instead of disposing of the fat or – even worse – pouring it down the drain, it can be used as an energy source. This also applies to other sources of waste and residue. By recycling different materials, they can be used effectively.
This idea gave birth to a waste fat campaign (Kinkkutemppu in Finnish) which, in a concrete way, demonstrates what the circular economy can be at its best. This Christmas, every one of us can collect and take our ham fat in a recycling container. Neste will then use it as a raw material to produce renewable diesel at its Porvoo refinery. This will be done by using the same methods Neste uses to manufacture large volumes of similar fuels every year worldwide.
Manufacturing fuels from waste and residue is the sensible choice. In this way, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by as much as 90% compared with conventional fossil diesel. We have calculated that the waste fat of an average ham converts to roughly three kilometers driven in a private car.
We have been able to recruit a brave network of companies and organizations to the campaign to enable its success. By working together, we can show that Finland has the potential to drive the circular economy.
We will bring waste fat containers to the recycling areas of central food stores and Neste stations. Our aim is to challenge as many people as possible to take part and to donate their ham fat to the campaign. Restaurants, workplace cafeterias, and various organizations that intend to bake a ham for their Christmas parties are also welcome to join.
This Christmas, excess fat will do good deeds as we will donate the fuel volume manufactured through the waste fat campaign to charity. Our objective is that we can produce enough fuel to travel three times around the globe.
We need courage and an innovative mind-set to create something new. Let’s see what we can do together!
By: Simo Honkanen
Putting poor quality waste fats into good use while keeping an eye on algae oil and waste plastic
Neste has become the world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues as a result of long-term work. This pioneer in the field has an exceptionally extensive portfolio of raw materials compared to competitors. The portfolio is actively developed with the aim of being expanded even further.
A significant part of Neste’s research and development investments focus on research into new renewable raw materials. In particular, the company focuses on waste and residues that contain fat, which currently cover close to 80% of the raw materials of renewable products.
“Having as extensive a portfolio of raw materials as possible provides flexibility, which we need as a global company to serve multiple markets and meet their special requirements. At the same time, Neste creates credibility and vitality for the entire biofuel industry by also creating possibilities for other companies to utilize diverse raw materials,”
says Päivi Lintonen, Supply Development Manager from Neste’s Renewable Products business area.
Lintonen is responsible for development work related to raw materials already utilized by Neste, such as developing the potential of the waste and residue streams of these materials.
Follow us: @OilAndGasPress on Twitter | OilAndGasPress on Facebook