Neste Oil - biodiesel driving rainforest destruction

Global demand for palm oil is increasing fast. The cost to the environment and the global climate is devastating – tropical rainforests and peatlands are being torn up to provide land for oil palm plantations. Currently most of the palm is used in food and cosmetics, but the use for biofuel production is rapidly increasing. In 2011 Finnish oil refiner Neste Oil finalized its palm oil diesel refinery investements. In 2012 it will become the world’s largest producer of biodiesel and most likely also the number one palm oil user.

 

Neste Oil has bold plans. In 2012 Neste Oil will need 2.5 million tons of raw materials for its refineries in Singapore, Rotterdam and Finland, most of it being palm oil. This will make Neste Oil one of the world’s largest palm oil processors. To meet its huge production targets Neste Oil needs several hundreds of thousands of hectares additional plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia – developed at the expense of the local rainforests and their inhabitants.

Driven by the rapid development of the market for biodiesel the global demand for palm oil is expected to double between 2000 and 2030 and to triple by 2050. The Indonesian government is planning to increase the country’s current 7 million hectares of palm oil plantations by 4 million hectares by 2015 for biofuel production alone. Palm oil production is growing also in South America and Africa.

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Energy Revolution report

Publication | February 7, 2013 at 15:21

Greenpeace has drafted a scenario about sustainable energy outlook in Finland till 2050. The purpose of the scenario is to indicate that all the energy needed in Finland can be produced sustainably and the emissions can be reduced notably.

Dance for Ice to Save the Arctic: Tutorial

Video | September 12, 2012 at 16:21

Help Greenpeace in creating a global sanctuary in the North Pole. If you are new to pole dance, follow the video tutorial and make your own interpretation of the Arctic move.

Dance for Ice to Save the Arctic: Pole dancer challenge

Video | September 12, 2012 at 16:18

Do you know how to work the pole? Make a video of dancing for the Arctic. You may dance alone, with a partner, in a group, as you wish!

Pole Dancers Dance for Ice and Save the Arctic

Press release | August 16, 2012 at 16:11

Greenpeace launches a swinging campaign to save the Arctic – Dance for Ice. Everybody can do some pole dancing for the North pole, no matter whether you are a professional or never tried before. The challenge is open for everybody. Have a pole (a...

Greenpeace wins the dispute over Nestespoil.com spoof site

Press release | August 7, 2012 at 13:15

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has denied the complaint by Neste Oil over Greenpeace spoof site. The WIPO panel declared that Greenpeace may use the domains www.nestespoil.com and www.nestespoilreturns.com to criticize Neste...

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Neste Oil is trying to shut down Greenpeace’s Nestespoil.com website

Press release | May 23, 2012 at 14:22

A Finnish state owned oil refining company Neste Oil is trying to shut down Greenpeace’s Nestespoil.com website by demanding domain for itself.

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