• Ron Kotrba

Neste’s branded renewable diesel receives Top Tier certification


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Photo: Neste Corp.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ is the first renewable diesel brand to receive Top Tier™ Diesel Fuel certification, according to Neste Corp. The volunteer fuel standard was introduced in 2017 and has been endorsed by many engine manufacturers, including General Motors, Volkswagen, Detroit Diesel, Navistar and Ford. The program was developed and is enforced by leading automotive and heavy-duty equipment manufacturers to help address fuel quality for today’s demanding diesel engine technologies.


To achieve certification, Neste says its renewable diesel has gone through rounds of rigorous tests and exceeded the stringent requirements of the Top Tier™ Diesel Fuel Performance Standard, which includes reduction of internal and external fuel injector deposits, increased lubricity for less wear on critical fuel system components, improved fuel stability resulting in less deposits in the fuel system components, and increased protection against water and particulates introduced into the fuel before being dispensed into the vehicle or equipment.

“The Top Tier™ Diesel Fuel certification is a significant validation of Neste’s pioneering vision to develop premium renewable diesel products, and it fully puts to rest the false view that using a low carbon, sustainable fuel requires sacrificing performance,” said Matt Leuck, Neste’s technical manager of renewable road transportation in North America.

Top Tier™-certified Neste MY Renewable Diesel is available at more than 1,400 delivery points in California and Oregon, according to Neste. The fuel is also available across Europe in Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

“On behalf of the Top Tier™ Diesel sponsors, we are happy to welcome Neste to the Top Tier™ family,” said Rebecca Monroe, fuel trademark lead at Top Tier™. “Our standards were developed to ensure better fuel quality for diesel fuel retailers, auto and engine manufacturers. As the first renewable diesel certified by Top Tier™, Neste MY Renewable Diesel meets all of the requirements without needing any deposit control additives.”

According to Neste, the company has supplied more than 1.6 billion gallons of renewable diesel into California over the past decade. Neste produces more than 1 billion gallons of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel a year and is on track to increase its production capacity to 1.5 billion gallons in 2023.

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