We respond to the growing demand for biofuels

Lappeenranta Biorefinery

UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery is the first commercial-scale biorefinery to produce renewable wood-based diesel and naphtha. The biorefinery is right next door to the UPM Kaukas pulp and paper mill, helping us to meet the growing demand for biofuel in the European Union. Global demand for biofuels is expected to rise substantially by 2030.

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​The biorefinery in brief

We make 100,000 tonnes, or 120 million litres of biofuel a year

​We make 100,000 tonnes, or 120 million litres of biofuel a year.

About 100 people work for UPM Biofuels

​About 100 people work for UPM Biofuels, and we indirectly provide employment for about 150 others.

The UPM facility in Lappeenranta

​The UPM facility in Lappeenranta, southeast Finland is the world’s first biorefinery producing wholly wood-based renewable diesel and naphtha.

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P​rioritising employee safety

Industrial safety is the cornerstone of all operations and part of our daily work at the UPM biorefinery in Lappeenranta, southeast Finland. In addition to general occupational health and safety, all employees must individually appreciate the impact of their actions on the environment, and on themselves, their colleagues and the overall process.

There are clear reasons for this. Liquids flow through the pipes of a biorefinery at high temperatures and pressures when we manufacture renewable fuels from tall oil.Improving occupational health and safety has been one of the most important human resources objectives of UPM over the last five years, and this trend will also continue in the future. Standards introduced in 2017 will establish a dependable foundation for safety culture throughout the company.

The highly competent and skilled staff in Lappeenranta ensured an excellent standard of safety performance from the very first day of commercial operations at the biorefinery.

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​Building the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery

The story of UPM BioVerno Diesel - a journey of innovation from idea to final product
 

​Watch these videos with our specialists explaining how the biorefinery was built in Lappeenranta, southeast Finland.

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