26 January 2017 at 8 am (PST)
The Traveling Sauna in the United States will run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel
When traveling the U.S. roads in 2017, drivers may encounter a surprise amidst the conventional cars, trucks, and 18-wheelers. Throughout the year until December, a fully-functional Finnish sauna on wheels will travel 12,000 miles across the country. Having firm roots in Finnish cleantech and engineering knowhow, Neste is a proud sponsor of the Traveling Sauna which is one of the many ways in which Finland celebrates its 100 years of independence in 2017.
Neste's low-carbon, drop-in renewable diesel called Neste MY Renewable Diesel will be used to fuel the truck carrying the sauna while traveling along the U.S. West Coast. When Neste MY Renewable Diesel is being used, the journey's greenhouse gas emission will be cut by up to 80% compared to conventional petroleum diesel. The traveling sauna is hauled by a Ford F-250 pick-up truck with a turbo diesel engine.
"There are not many things that Finns love more than sauna. To haul one across the U.S. is a rather crazy, yet a fun way of celebrating the centenary of Finland's independence. It is our pleasure to make the sauna's journey much more environmentally friendly with our Neste MY Renewable Diesel," Jeremy Baines, VP sales North America from Neste says.
"We are excited about our Traveling Sauna journey across the US, and the fact that we can improve the sustainability by using Neste's innovate drop-in renewable fuel Neste MY Renewable Diesel", says one of The Traveling Sauna's founders Jouko Sipila, Chief Sauna Master.
Neste invites all to visit the sauna at the tour stops. The tour schedule includes a pit-stop near Neste's U.S. office in Houston, Texas, as well. Follow the Traveling Sauna on social media (@travelingsauna, @nestecorp, @NesteUS), and track its journey through Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York City, and 17 other U.S. locations.
Director, Corporate Communications
More information: Tuija Kalpala, Commercial Development Manager, Neste US, Inc., tel. +1 832 840 4707
Neste MY Renewable Diesel in brief
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is classified as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) and it should not be confused with traditional biodiesel (FAME). Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a premium-quality fuel that can be used in any blending ratio or as such in all diesel engines. Read more about the difference between renewable diesel and traditional biodiesel.
About the Traveling Sauna
The sauna is custom-built by Finnleo. It has a wood-burning stove and it heats up from 50 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit in 45 minutes. Its dimensions are 18 ft by 8 ft. The sauna room will fit approximately 5 guests at a one time. The dressing room will incorporate a small shower. Shower water will be supplied via a garden hose, and it will be drained via a garden hose, as well. The sauna has LED lights, and it's powered by a built-in battery.
The Traveling Sauna is operated by Ice Cold Marketing - run by Finland-born Risto Sivula and Jouko Sipila who both live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN area. Read more: http://www.travelingsauna.com/
Neste in brief
Neste (NESTE, Nasdaq Helsinki) builds sustainable options for the needs of transport, businesses and consumers. Our global range of products and services allows customers to lower their carbon footprint by combining high-quality and low-emission renewable products and oil products to tailor-made service solutions. We are the world's largest producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues, and we are also bringing renewable solutions to the aviation and plastics industries. We want to be a reliable partner whose expertise, research and sustainable practices are widely appreciated. In 2015, Neste's net sales stood at EUR 11 billion, and we were on the Global 100 list of the 100 most sustainable companies in the world. Read more: www.neste.us