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What is HVO fuel?

What is HVO fuel?

Neste MY Renewable Diesel can also be referred to as HVO, Renewable Diesel, R99 or HVO diesel. HVO is an acronym for “Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil”, a type of diesel produced from waste, primarily residue oils and fats such as used cooking oil. In HVO production, these waste materials are repurposed and kept out of the waste stream. The result is high-quality renewable diesel fuel – without the carbon intensity and environmental impact of drilling for crude oil.  

HVO fuel comes in all kinds of blends. It can be used both neat (100% concentration), as well as blended in any ratio with other diesel fuels. For example, HVO20, or R20, consists of 20% HVO and 80% fossil diesel. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is the only renewable diesel in the US market that guarantees every gallon sold meets the ASTM D975 hydrocarbon diesel spec, as well as the EN 15940 paraffinic diesel spec required by most OEMs. Additionally, Neste MY Renewable Diesel is the first TOP TIERTM certified renewable diesel.

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How it’s made 

In the 1990s, Neste's research department developed the NEXBTL refining technology. With this breakthrough technology, Neste is able to produce high-quality HVO diesel fuel from 100% sustainably-sourced renewable raw materials. A wide variety of waste oils and fats can be used as feedstock, and the resulting HVO fuel meets OEM standards. During the NEXBTL production, hydrogen is used in the refining process to separate the molecules and remove oxygen from the fatty acids that make up the fuel’s completely renewable raw material base. The outcome is a renewable diesel with a similar chemical composition to fossil diesel. As a result, Neste MY Renewable Diesel (HVO) is a drop-in diesel that can easily be used in all existing diesel-powered engines without modification. If desired, it can also be blended with other diesel fuels. 

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What are the benefits of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel?

With Neste MY Renewable Diesel (HVO), greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by up to 75%* over the fuel’s life cycle compared to fossil diesel. It can also help reduce local, “tailpipe” emissions, which is beneficial for local air quality. In addition, filters, injectors, and exhaust emissions components can stay clean longer, and especially in older engines. Click here to learn more about the benefits of Neste MY Renewable Diesel.

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Is Neste MY Renewable Diesel better than other renewable diesels on the market?

Neste has a very stringent process for ensuring the integrity of our entire supply chain. Customers know that they are getting high-quality fuel that Neste has monitored from raw material, through production and distribution. They can also rely on a fuel that has been tested and shown to deliver powerful performance by leading engine manufacturers. As the first renewable diesel to be certified by TOP TIER ™, Neste’s fuel is always of the highest quality while meeting our strict sustainability standards.

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*Lifecycle greenhouse gas emission reductions compared to fossil diesel and based on current feedstock pathways. Calculation method complies with the LCFS CA-GREET 3.0. 

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