The world is in continuous motion, and we need to be too, at any cost. We offer solutions that enable more and more rainforests and peatlands to be cleared and destroyed for plantations. Read more about what independent, international experts have to say about the future of traffic and transport and their impact on the world around us.
Customers and solutions
We defined customer focus in 2011 as one of our most important strategic goals. We aim to offer solutions that offer true added value. But since our renewable business is more than 90% based on palm oil industry products, we can’t provide our customers a product made from 100% sustainable feedstocks with no land use impacts. Understandably, for example Finnair cancelled their plans with us because of this, but we count on you.
Research and technology
Thanks to our Research and Technology function we have developed a product that could reduce CO2 emissions if it was produced from feedstocks that do not cause rainforest and peatland destruction. But instead of extending the range of raw materials used to produce renewable diesel, the production is completely dependent on palm oil supply, though it’s not a sustainable raw material for biodiesel in such a large scale.
We achieved our 2011 safety targets and cut the number of accidents at our sites. Unfortunately at the same time we heavily increased the pressure to establish new palm oil plantations especially in Indonesia. Already now two thirds of new palm oil plantations are established in rainforests. 95 percent of recent increase in palm oil production in Malaysia and Indonesia is because of the growing demand for biodiesel.
All of our NExBTL renewable diesel refineries are now ISCC-certified, confirming that their output meets the sustainability requirements of the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive. However, this does not make our indirect forest foorprint any smaller. Loopholes in existing legislation are planned to be straightened during 2012, but we are trying our best to prevent this from happening.