PFAD dashboard

Palm fatty acid distillate (PFAD) is a processing residue derived from the refining of food grade palm oil. Neste buys PFAD only from those suppliers that are committed to sustainable working practices and meeting strict sustainability criteria embedded in the regulation on biofuels.


All Neste-sourced renewable raw materials are traceable to the point of origin as the law requires of biofuels producers (e.g. EU RED in Europe).

In April 2017, we committed to go beyond this requirement by setting a public target in 2017 to work towards mapping our PFAD supply chain to oil palm plantations by 2020. This significantly surpasses the current regulatory requirement for residue raw materials to be traceable to the place of origin, in PFAD's case to the palm oil refinery. Working towards our 2020 target has required us to map large parts of previously unmapped food industry’s palm oil supply chains with good progress. 

Already 99% of our PFAD supply chain has been independently mapped and validated to the supplying mills and 44% all the way to plantations. In the latter, publicly available data (e.g. on RSPO, ISCC, ISPO certifications) and supplier reporting have been used. We have evaluated each mill for environmental risks as part of our proactive approach to preventing deforestation.

The chart below compares the area surrounding our supplying mills to over 1,700 other oil palm mills for environmental risk factors; 86% of our supplying mills are located outside of higher risk areas.

In 2018, we continued conducting risk-assessments of palm oil mills supplying oil to the refineries that supply PFAD to us. We engaged PFAD-supplying palm oil refineries to ensure that their operations and those of their supplying mills are in compliance with our sustainability policies and principles. Learn more about Neste's sustainability efforts.

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99% of the Neste
PFAD supply chain
mapped to the mill

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59 supplying

44% of the Neste PFAD supply chain mapped to the plantation

44% of the Neste
PFAD supply chain
mapped to the

Supply chain certification

59 supplying
refineries achieved
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Supply chain map

Neste sources PFAD from 59 supplier refineries. Thirty-two of these refineries are located in Indonesia, 20 are located in Malaysia, six are located in Thailand and one is located in the Netherlands. The refineries displayed in this map were suppliers during part or all of 2018.

PFAD refineries

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Palm oil dashboard

All palm oil we have used has been fully traceable to the plantation level since 2007, and 100% certified since 2013.

Neste's traceability dashboard home

Neste's traceability dashboard provides detailed information on key aspects of our palm oil and palm fatty acid distillate (PFAD) supply chains.

Supplier engagement

We are committed to preventing deforestation in our own supply chains, and require the same from all our raw material suppliers.


Our cooperation with smallholders aims at developing their sustainability awareness and expertise.

Human and labor rights

Developing Neste’s human rights approach has been one of the key development areas of our sustainability in recent years.

Sustainable landscape

Together with several global brands we started collaborating with palm oil giants, as well as non-governmental agencies.

Sustainability reporting

Our Sustainability Report summarizes our performance in various areas of sustainability to ensure continuous development.


According to our purpose and vision, we aim at leaving a healthier planet for our children by creating responsible choices every day.