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Savonlinja and Neste launch low-emission Green Travel bus service

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,” said Tuomas Kulola, Head of Sales, Marketing and 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,” said 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 refuelling with Neste MY Renewable Diesel.