Neste Oil and the German-based Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) met for the first time at Porvoo on 5 October, when the UFOP Chairman, Dr. Klaus Kliem, and Neste Oil’s Deputy CEO, Jarmo Honkamaa, were both present.
The meeting focused on Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable diesel, the production technology behind it, and the raw materials used in producing renewable fuels. UFOP gave an overview of oil plant production in Germany and the opportunities this offers for the renewable fuels sector. UFOP and Neste Oil are both covered by the requirements of the new EU directive on renewable energy, which mandates a sustainable approach in the production of biofuels.
“Neste Oil selects the renewable raw materials it uses based on availability, price, and responsibility,” says Jarmo Honkamaa, who is also Neste Oil’s Executive Vice President, Renewable Fuels. “We’re constantly looking for new raw materials and European rapeseed is increasingly emerging as an alternative. We hope that the dialogue that’s now been established between Neste Oil and UFOP will continue in the future.”