RENEWABLE BIOFUELS ARE NEEDED FOR PROGESS

​The current dependence of road transport on fossil fuels is not sustainable. Reserves of non-renewable raw materials will run out, climate change is accelerating and the carrying capacity of our planet is not limitless. Options are required to make better use of existing resources.

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​Renewable energy solutions are the way to sustainable future. We are combining the bio and forest industries to enable achievement of the zero emissions by 2100 target set by the UN Climate Change Panel (IPCC).

Our solution uses the residues of the bioeconomy for making biofuels to ensure an increasingly sustainable way of working, and we are already well on the way towards realising emission-free transport with renewable UPM BioVerno diesel and UPM BioVerno naphtha produced at the world's first commercial-scale wood-based biorefinery. This is the way forward for UPM Biofuels.
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UPM Biofuels is aiming higher

Seeking growth in the biofuel business is a long-term strategic aim of UPM. The company has accordingly established a biofuels development programme led by its previous biofuels business head Petri Kukkonen, with Sari Mannonen appointed to take charge of the biofuels business division.

We are focusing on market and customer-driven business through stable and profitable production, while developing with an eye for growth by studying the opportunities provided by emerging technologies, raw materials and regulations.

Biofuels are a new and innovative business for UPM representing an important strategic initiative for the company. Our long-term ambition is to become a major stakeholder in advanced biofuels, and to increase the significance of the biofuels business within the company.

Check out our UPM Biofuels strategy (pdf) »

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A frontrunner in advanced biofuels

​As a frontrunner in the new forest industry, UPM will lead the integration of the bio and forest industry towards a more sustainable future. The key concepts in this process are innovation, accountability and resource efficiency.
UPM Biofuels will play a key role in implementing the company's Biofore strategy, providing dependable, high quality products for road and sea transport, and working with our customers to deliver sustainable growth.
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​Major global trends are guiding our work

​Climate change
Environmental awareness
Transformation in mobility
Resource scarcity

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Renewable fuels will meet the demand for renewable energy

The European Union is seeking a 40 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030 and an 80 per cent reduction by 2050. This would keep global warming below 2 ºC in accordance with the Paris climate agreement. These goals will not be achieved without substantially reducing emissions from transport, with all energy and technology solutions brought to bear on the problem of decarbonising the transport sector.

Progressive renewable fuels are one shortcut to realising low-carbon transport.

UPM has responded to this change in market conditions by investing in the first commercial-scale biorefinery for producing wood-based renewable diesel.

Our sustainable forestry and innovative biofuel production process will prolong the life cycle of forest raw materials while crucially helping us to reduce emissions from transport.
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The global need for biofuels is rising


The global demand for biofuels is forecast to increase especially in road haulage and in sea and air transport. Besides improved engine efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions will require electrification of transport and significant quantities of renewable low-emission fuels.

As much as 60 per cent of all fuels should be low-emission by the year 2050.

One of the advantages of high quality liquid biofuels is that there is no need for new vehicles or new distribution infrastructure – they work well in existing vehicles and current distribution systems. Advanced biofuels are a tested, well-functioning solution and could be a fast track to low emission traffic as they could be taken into use immediately and clearly cut CO2 and tailpipe emissions.
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