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What is the difference between Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ and biodiesel?

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a premium quality diesel fuel made from renewable raw materials. The fuel has different properties compared to other biofuels, like biodiesel for example.

What does renewable diesel mean?

Renewable diesel is made using our proprietary NEXBTL technology - a unique platform that allows us to turn a wide variety of renewable fats and oils into high-quality fuels. Renewable diesel, also called HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil), is sometimes confused with biodiesel or FAME (fatty acid methyl ester).

Created using a hydrotreating process, renewable diesel is a pure hydrocarbon diesel fuel with a similar chemical composition to fossil diesel, which is what allows the fuel to be used as a drop-in replacement.

The two big differences are that renewable diesel does not have the most harmful components of fossil diesel (like aromatics), and it is made from renewable feedstocks instead of crude oil. Other biofuels, like biodiesel, have a chemical composition that differs from both fossil and renewable diesel.


 Renewable diesel vs. biodiesel:

higher purity, lower emissions 


Neste MY Renewable Diesel: a premium fuel setting a new standard when it comes to performance - and the environment.

Can renewable diesel be used in cold temperatures?

Neste MY Renewable Diesel’s cloud point, which indicates when fuel will start to be affected by cold temperatures, is as low as -4°F (-20°C). Unlike biodiesel - which, depending on the raw materials used, can have properties greatly affected by cooler temperatures - Neste MY is made for cold, even arctic conditions.  

What is renewable diesel made from? 

We use approximately 10 different sustainably-produced raw materials such as wastes and residues and various vegetable oils to produce renewable products at our refineries in Finland, the Netherlands and Singapore. Proportions of individual raw materials in Neste's refining vary from year to year, depending on their availability, price, and specific market requirements.

An extensive portfolio of globally-sourced raw materials provides flexibility, as it allows us to respond to the needs of different markets and customers. Neste's proprietary NEXBTL technology enables the use of a wide variety of renewable fats and oils in the production of renewable products. Our renewable products are always of premium quality, regardless of the raw materials we use in their production.

We are constantly looking into diversifying our portfolio with new raw materials.

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How does the manufacturing process affect the properties of the fuel?

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). In the production process, impurities are removed, and oxygen molecules are replaced with hydrogen. With this process, it is possible to produce a clean-burning fuel with similar chemical composition as fossil diesel from a variety of raw materials. The quality of the final product is always the same, regardless of the raw materials used. Other biofuels can be produced using the esterification process, and the properties of the final FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) product may depend on the raw materials used.


What are the differences in usability between renewable diesel and other biofuels?

Neste MY Renewable Diesel can be used in neat form - as a 100% pure product, which makes it easier to meet the requirements for the use of biofuels. In contrast, the maximum permissible concentration of FAME biodiesel in a blend with fossil diesel is 20% (and many jurisdictions restrict it even more).


A cleaner fuel that is easy to store  and reduces maintenance intervals



Cleaner fuel is easy to store - and reduces the need for maintenance


How long can the fuel be stored?

Neste MY Renewable Diesel can be stored for extended periods without decisively changing its properties. Unlike biodiesel, Neste MY Renewable Diesel does not attract water, which means there is zero risk of product quality deterioration or microbial growth with proper handling and storage.

What do engine manufacturers recommend?

Renewable diesel is the bio component recommended according to the latest and most stringent specifications in the Worldwide Fuel Charter (WWFC). WWFC 5 does not allow the use of traditional biodiesel, but thanks to its high cetane number, purity and stability, renewable diesel is recommended. WWFC 5 also specifies strict emission limit values, particulate filter life, long-term engine durability, engine performance and cold weather performance.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is certified by engine manufacturers including Volvo Trucks, John Deere, Caterpillar and many others. Tests continue to show that the combination of modern diesel engine technology and renewable diesel can decrease total cost of ownership by enhancing vehicle performance and preventing engine wear and tear - all while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


What does the cetane number mean?

Neste MY Renewable Diesel’s cetane number, indicating its ignition properties, is very high, greater than 70. That makes it easier for engines to start when the weather is cold, and contributes to cleaner, more efficient combustion, especially in urban environments. The cetane number for biodiesel is usually no more than 50-60.


How pure is Neste MY Renewable Diesel?

Neste MY Renewable Diesel does not contain sulphur or aromatics. That's why lower exhaust emissions are generated during combustion in an engine. Neste MY Renewable Diesel reduces vehicle emissions of particulate matter (PM), hydrocarbons and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx). Since virtually no ash is generated by the combustion of Neste MY, the lifetime of the particulate filter is extended. 

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