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Renewable diesel producer Neste opens new office in Germany

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Finnish renewable diesel and aviation fuel provider Neste has announced the opening of a new office in Düsseldorf, Germany, to serve as a hub for its Renewable Polymers and Chemicals business unit.

This unit provides the plastics and chemicals industries with solutions derived from biomass and chemically recycled plastic waste, helping companies to reduce their dependence on crude oil and achieve sustainability targets.

Neste’s operations in Germany, as well as the business unit, will be led by Mercedes Alonso, who joined the company in September, as executive vice-president and a member of the executive committee.

To date, the company has worked with a number of partners in Germany. Neste recently announced the world’s first commercial-scale production of bio-based polypropylene and bio-based low-density polyethylene at LyondellBasell’s site in Wesseling, Germany.

Neste’s MY Renewable Diesel has also helped Hamburg and Stuttgart airports to reduce carbon emissions form their ground fleets, while a collaboration with Lufthansa saw the use of Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel in almost 1,200 flights between Frankfurt and Hamburg by 2011.

Lufthansa and Neste recently announced that the airline will use Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel, blended with fossil jet fuel, on flights departing from the German city of Frankfurt.

“Renewable and circular polymers and chemicals can play a major role in addressing climate change and the problem of global plastic waste alike,” said Peter Vanacker, president and CEO of Neste. “Germany is home to some of the world’s most successful plastics and chemicals companies and Düsseldorf centrally located in terms of Central European chemical industry. Our ambition is to join forces with frontrunners in order to create a healthier planet for our children.”

“Establishing this global hub marks a milestone in developing and growing Neste’s Renewable Polymers and Chemicals business unit,'' added Mercedes Alonso. “We are eager to help companies to replace fossil-based solutions with bio-based ones and introduce circular solutions to expand the recycling of plastics to a much larger scale.”