From mid-May onward, customers with the Savonlinja bus company will be able to opt for a lower-emission journey. In cooperation with Neste, Savonlinja is introducing a surcharge, called Green Travel, on the normal bus ticket price. The customer is free to decide the amount of this additional charge.
Savonlinja will use the money collected through the Green Travel service to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by fueling its buses with Neste MY Renewable Diesel™, which is produced entirely from waste and residues. By paying a Green Travel surcharge of their own choosing, customers will be reducing their bus ride’s greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 90% compared to fossil diesel. This arrangement is the first of its kind in Finland.
“Climate change does not wait and solutions are needed right here and now. The key to fighting climate change is introducing innovations of all sizes to help bring about a more sustainable future. Developed in collaboration with Savonlinja, Green Travel is a good example of how important partnerships are to creating effective solutions. We are very proud to collaborate with Savonlinja on offering consumers the opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of their bus trips,” says Tuomas Kulola, Head of Sales, Marketing & Services at Neste.
Green Travel service will be available to all Savonlinja’s long-distance passengers. Green Travel can be purchased for regular long-distance tickets via the mobile application “Linjalla” and at the Savonlinja online store. Customers decide on the price of the Green Travel themselves. The minimum amount for the service is one euro. The low-emission option is also available to customers for charter bus services.
“Customers have told us that they would like to have more climate and environmentally friendly transport options. Green Travel is the answer to this. Our long-term goal is to be able to use only renewable fuel in our entire fleet,” says Savonlinja’s Chief Business Officer Harri Leskinen.
As part of the cooperation, Savonlinja will double the amount of money its customers pay for Green Travel service and use these funds for cutting down greenhouse gas emissions by refueling with Neste MY Renewable Diesel.
Neste MY Renewable Diesel reduces vehicle emissions
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is produced entirely out of waste and residues and it helps motorists and other transportation users reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In Finland, Neste MY Renewable Diesel has been sold since the start of 2017, and its performance matches the best fossil-based diesels on the market. Approximately one-fifth of consumers in Finland already use Neste MY Renewable Diesel when it is available at their local filling station.
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is currently available at nearly 50 filling stations throughout Finland. The fuel can be used without any modifications to the engine and is compatible with all diesel engines.