Share Your Ham with Your Car

Share Your Ham with Your Car


Neste has the technology to turn excess cooking fat into renewable fuel. This Christmas they asked Finnish households to collect their cooking leftovers for fuel production. The Christmas campaign is called the Ham Trick. Grocery stores and service stations across the country have set up collection points for ham fat. The goal is to produce enough renewable fuel from food waste to enable a private car to travel three times around the globe. Finns eat over 15 million pounds of ham every Christmas.

“Producing fuels from waste and residue is the responsible and sensible thing to do. In this way, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by as much as 80 % when compared with conventional fossil diesel,” says Matti Lievonen, the CEO of Neste. A very good idea other countries should take as an example, tinks.



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    • Volume of donated fat: 12,000 kg

    • Number of donations made: 40,000

    • Volume of renewable diesel manufactured: 10,000 L

    • The number of times it is possible to travel around the globe using this fuel: 4 (average consumption 6 L/100 km)

    • Amount donated to charity: €14,500


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