Discarding the Confrontational View – The Biofuel and Food Industries Share a Number of Major Potential Synergies
(Neste Oil) Neste Oil and Raisio have worked together for a number of years on how by-products and sidestreams generated by Finnish agriculture and food manufacturing can be used as inputs for producing biofuels. The two companies held a joint seminar today, 9 February, entitled ‘From Sidestreams to Highways’ in Helsinki to discuss the opportunities offered by renewable raw material sidestreams and related issues.
Up until now, cooperation between the two companies has focused on Finnish oilseed rape and the surplus oil left over from animal feed and food production that Neste Oil uses as one of its feedstocks for producing its low-emission NExBTL renewable diesel.
Going forward, the two companies believe that it will be possible to make more efficient use of field-based biomass in the future than is the case today. Increasing oilseed rape yields and making more effective use of other biomass produced on arable land would benefit everyone in the food, animal feed, and biofuel industries.
“True innovations are often born out of people working together in the areas where different types of expertise interface with each other. Projects in areas like these are one way of helping develop a more sustainable food chain and support greater overall sustainability,” note Raisio’s CEO, Matti Rihko and Neste Oil’s President & CEO, Matti Lievonen. READ MORE