Driving positive impact on biodiversity

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Our business is dependent on natural resources. For our planet and our business to thrive and be resilient, the prerequisite is restoring and protecting healthy ecosystems.

Biodiversity is one of the cornerstones of Neste’s sustainability vision, and we aim to drive a positive impact on biodiversity and achieve a nature positive value chain by 2040. Nature positive business means that the overall business creates more benefits than causes adverse impacts to nature.

Protecting biodiversity is integrated into our sustainability practices, processes and policies. We aim at protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services in our value chains, and maintaining good environmental quality associated with our own operations. Biodiversity is considered in our supply chain; we are committed to preventing deforestation and require the same from our suppliers in our supply chains, and to avoiding the conversion of habitats with valuable biodiversity for biomass production, requiring the same from all our suppliers and spearheading transparency in our industry’s supply chain.

During 2023 we completed a biodiversity baseline inventory and started a net gain assessment at the Porvoo site. The assessment will be associated with the planned projects at the site.

Our ambition level to support the biodiversity vision:

  • We aim at creating net positive impacts (NPI) for biodiversity from new activities from 2025 onwards.

  • We target no net loss (NNL) of biodiversity from all ongoing activities by 2035.

Nature positive

The nature positive value chain means that the impacts to biodiversity are avoided and minimized, and the caused negative impacts are restored and further compensated either in the direct value chain or elsewhere. When the business is nature positive, the overall business creates more benefits than causes adverse impacts to ecosystems.

Net positive impact

The term ‘Net positive impact’ (NPI), or ‘net gain’ refers to the point where positive biodiversity gains exceed biodiversity losses due to the impacts of a specific project. In addition to avoidance and minimizing negative impacts, additional positive activities are needed.

No net loss

No net loss (NNL) means that overall gains in biodiversity are equal to the losses. Neste targets no net loss of biodiversity from all ongoing activities by 2035. The scope of NNL goal is set to Neste’s own direct operations.

Systematic monitoring of the environment

Our refineries are located next to waterways. Porvoo refinery is located close to natural habitats. Therefore our environmental monitoring is particularly systematic at the Porvoo refinery.

Environmental monitoring is included in the requirements of our refineries' environmental permits. Groundwater monitoring takes place at selected terminals and retail sites. 

In case of incidents, we rectify any damage to the environment without delay. Associated with normal operations, our refineries make impact assessments from time to time. At the Porvoo site, this is done also by finding out about the state of bioindicators, such as lichens and mosses. In 2022 we carried out biodiversity inventories at the Porvoo and Naantali sites.

Preserved and protected areas near our refineries

Nature conservation areas or protected sites are located close to our refinery in Porvoo, Finland. The Stormossen bog, a 75-hectare domed bog, to the west of the Porvoo refinery is protected and is part of the European Natura 2000 network of nature conservation sites.

At the Naantali site, we have some areas that we have protected in the past. The area is forest, voluntarily protected under national legislation. The protected area is three hectares of the total 300 hectares. Other operational sites we own are located in more industrial areas, with a lower likelihood of impacting areas of high biodiversity value.

Our refineries in Rotterdam and Singapore are located on industrial areas built on reclaimed ground.

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