The fuel of the future is already here

Already in production.
​A sustainable, renewable diesel may sound like the fuel of the future, but it is already here. We have taken significant steps in a new direction for road traffic.
​These steps have included developing an innovative renewable diesel and commencing commercial production. In the spring of 2015, our renewable diesel fuel, UPM BioVerno, became available to consumers.
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Innovation in advanced biofuels

How could we make better use of the tall oil gained as a residue of pulp production? This thought set us on the path that finally led to the creation of a new, renewable diesel fuel. The development of UPM BioVerno and the construction of the biorefinery in Lappeenranta were the first steps for our biofuels business. These steps were made possible by UPM's very own research and development team in Lappeenranta.

The next step was taken in the spring of 2015, when UPM BioVerno became available to consumers in Finland. UPM BioVerno is a renewable diesel fuel that can be distributed through the existing infrastructure. Unlike first-generation biofuels, it has no blending limitations.

In addition to producing UPM BioVerno from crude tall oil, we are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to grow the business as a whole through new raw materials and emerging technologies.

 

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​Investing in the world's first biorefinery producing wood-based renewable diesel

​The UPM Lappeenranta biorefinery, producing wood-based renewable diesel from forestry residues, will commence production in 2015. The biorefinery, which is located on the same site as the UPM Kaukas pulp and paper mill, will help meet increasing demand for biofuels in the EU.

This is the world's first commercial-scale biorefinery producing wood-based diesel, and it is based on UPM's own innovations. The biorefinery in Lappeenranta employs 200 people directly and indirectly.

€ 175 million invested
annual production capacity of 120 million litres of renewable fuel
200 employees 

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​Read an interview with Teemu on production in Lappeenranta

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The next steps — plans for a new biorefinery

​The European Commission has awarded UPM a grant of EUR 170 million for a solid wood-based biorefinery project in Strasbourg, France. This biomass-to-liquid-type refinery would produce UPM BioVerno diesel from logging residues, wood chips and bark. These funds are granted from the European Commission's NER300 fund (New Entrants’ Reserve), which is used to support innovation in renewable energy technologies. We are currently focusing on the construction of the UPM biorefinery in Lappeenranta.
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