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Road to sustainable transport

Road to sustainable transport

Europe has set ambitious climate goals. This requires urgent action and a willingness to choose more sustainable alternatives particularly in transportation that has relied on fossil fuels for too long. Neste MY Renewable Diesel can make a real contribution towards the EU climate goals by enabling significant reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Neste MY Renewable DieselTM enables its users to immediately reduce GHG emissions by up to 90% over the life cycle of the fuel compared to fossil diesel (calculation method: the EU Renewable Energy Directive II, 2018/2001/EU). In 2021, Neste’s renewable products helped customers across the world to reduce GHG emissions by 10.9 million tons*. This equals the annual carbon footprint of 1.7 million average EU citizens or taking 4.2 million passenger cars off the road for a year.

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The European Union has set ambitious targets

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Road transportation is the backbone of the European economy, and the most important mode of freight transport. It is also a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. The EU has set a legally binding target of 30% reduction on average for the fleet emissions of new trucks by 2030.

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The European Union has set an ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2030 by at least 55% compared to the levels in 1990. Achieving a 55% reduction in GHG emissions reduction will require action in all sectors of the economy and puts the EU on a balanced pathway to reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

Significant gap in meeting 2030 targets 

Even when using optimistic models, a fundamental shift to electric drivetrains and hydrogen will still leave a substantial gap when considering the 2030 emission reduction targets. According to the European Commission’s Impact Assessment, the majority of heavy goods vehicles in 2030 will be diesel-powered. Neste MY Renewable Diesel can reduce GHG emissions of all diesel-powered vehicles by up to 90% over the life cycle of the fuel compared to fossil diesel (calculation method: European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive II (2018/2001/EU). 

Change takes time

The transport energy mix is changing and the sale of electric vehicles grows fast. Year 2020 saw a surge in demand for electric vehicles, making up for 10.5% of all new passenger car registrations in the European Union, compared to a 3% market share the year before. However, the majority of vehicles in 2030 will continue to be powered by internal combustion engines, and diesel will still be widely used. Renewable fuels such as Neste MY Renewable Diesel are considered to be a key enabler for Europe’s climate ambitions.

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/clima/sites/clima/files/eu-climate-action/docs/impact_part2_en.pdf

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Ambitious targets for the future are vital but so are our actions today. Reducing transport sector’s greenhouse gas emissions in Europe will require all solutions. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a cost efficient solution to significantly reduce emissions in transportation, available now.

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