Co-operation for sustainability

UPM and WWF Finland have been long-term partners

​UPM and WWF Finland have had a long-term, varied collaboration in such fields as promoting sustainable forestry and wood-based liquid biofuels. Our common view is that these biofuels can provide a sustainable alternative for the needs of transport. Fuels of this kind:

  • bring about substantial greenhouse gas emission reductions
  • are made by especially efficient processes
    comply with credible sustainability criteria

We have agreed common sustainability principles, such as protected area networks, forestry standards, and bioenergy priorities. We have also done joint research to develop advanced wood-based biofuels, and to improve certification and current practices. Read more about the co-operation of UPM Biofuels and WWF »

Read Maiju Helin`s blog about the co-operation »

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Working together for social responsibility

UPM and its long-term financial partner BNP Paribas have strengthened their relationship through a joint corporate responsibility project. UPM and its French partner are focusing particularly on developing social sustainability practices.

See the joint video production »


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​Collaboration to develop low-emission fuels

The Biofrontiers Group of environmental sector NGOs, specialists and the biofuels industry has been working to define a common European fuels policy. The aim is to draw a demarcation that fosters sustainable development and encourages investment in genuinely sustainable advanced biofuels.

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), European Climate Foundation (ECF) and several partner organisations, including UPM, have discussed sustainability criteria, policies and opportunities for biofuels. The report that emerged from this work indicates that biofuels can be an attractive option when seeking a swift reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
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​The Wasted report: Waste-based biofuels could meet 16 per cent of road transport requirements


The ICCT published a report entitled Wasted in 2014, assessing the potential for using waste-based advanced biofuels. The collaboration report was prepared by the European Climate Foundation together with environmental sector NGOs and companies working with advanced biofuels, such as UPM. It showed that a substantial part of European demand for transport fuel could be met by using certain biomass resources that are not currently regarded as valuable.

The calculations of the Wasted Report on fuel potential at European level indicated that sufficient resources are available to meet 10 per cent of European road transport fuel consumption by the year 2030 if all resources are collected for use.
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UPM BioVerno at World Forest Day

On World Forest Day each year the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) promotes a celebration of the various ways in which forests and trees maintain life on Earth. The theme of World Forest Day on 21 March 2017 was Forests and Energy, with the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery and its BioVerno diesel product selected as an example of innovative forestry applications.

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