UPM BioVerno: a renewable fuel from Finland

UPM BioVerno is a Finnish fuel made from tall oil extracted in our pulp production process. Most of the wood used in this process comes from the forests of Finland.

This biofuel was developed by UPM in Finland and is now produced at the UPM Biorefinery in Lappeenranta, southeast Finland. UPM BioVerno fuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions and they do not compete with food production.

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Local wood-based products

UPM BioVerno diesel and naphtha are sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels. UPM BioVerno diesel works in all diesel engines and UPM BioVerno naphtha is an excellent biocomponent in petrol. This naphtha may also be used as a raw material for making bioplastics and other products. Read more about UPM BioVerno diesel and naphtha »

The by-products of the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery, such as turpentine and pitch, are also creating entirely new opportunities for the chemical industry. These materials are ideal certified substitutes for fossil raw materials, for example as components of bioplastics and biochemicals.

UPM renewable turpentine, for example, is suitable for manufacturing bio-based fragrances in the perfume industry, and pitch can be used for generating bioenergy and in manufacturing such products as bitumen, printing inks or road marking paints.

UPM BioVerno - Local wood-based products

UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery products

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UPM BioVerno opens the door to the biofuel market

A trailblazing product in terms of technology, UPM BioVerno has given our company access to the global biofuel market. Its unique production method and local character has enabled our first steps towards a larger business operation in biofuels.

“It is quite extraordinary for a large and firmly established company like UPM to launch a new business operation of this kind and to do so with a product that has never been made before.”

Petri Kukkonen, Vice President, UPM Biofuels Development


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Comprehensive certification enables a wide range of applications

Our renewable fuels (UPM BioVerno diesel, UPM BioVerno naphtha and by-products) were the first wood-based biofuels in the world to be certified by ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification), RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) and the Finnish national sustainability system. All of our products satisfy the sustainability and traceability criteria of the Renewable Energy Directive.
UPM BioVerno certification
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All of our products have been registered under REACH

​The chemicals legislation of the European Union is based on Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), which took effect in June 2007. REACH aims to promote sustainable development by improving protection of health and the environment.

UPM has satisfied all of the requirements of the REACH Regulation, and regards this instrument as a positive measure in harmonising the chemicals legislation of the European Union. The company is mainly an end-user of chemicals, and we have ensured that all of our chemical suppliers are aware of the requirements of the REACH Regulation. UPM Biofuels has accordingly registered all of its products and raw materials under this Regulation
UPM BioVerno
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UPM BioVerno cuts tailpipe emissions

UPM BioVerno cuts tailpipe emissions
UPM BioVerno fleet tests
UPM BioVerno significantly reduces both carbon dioxide emissions and local air pollution from traffic. The low tailpipe emissions of Finnish UPM BioVerno diesel make it the fuel of choice for environmentally aware drivers.

UPM BioVerno has been tested in several engine and vehicle trials using a wide range of vehicle makes and models at various research institutes, including the Technical Research Centre of Finland - VTT, the University of Vaasa, and the internationally renowned vehicle technology research institute FEV in Germany.

Emission tests are always benchmarked against conventional fossil diesel fuel. Depending on the applicable vehicle technology, several studies indicate substantial double figure percentage reductions in pollutants such as fine particles, hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide compared to conventional diesel fuel.

UPM BioVerno diesel achieved at least the same or greater efficiency than conventional diesel in all tests with no loss of engine power.

UPM BioVerno also reduces vehicle emissions when used in fuel blends. Its high quality and cetane rating enable cleaner combustion resulting in substantially lower tailpipe emissions, with clear superiority over conventional fossil fuel achieved even in blends containing only 30 per cent of renewable diesel.
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