Residues form the basis for sustainable biofuel production

We make more efficient use of the wood.
​First-generation biofuels were a zero-sum game. Fuel production affected the global food supply, as well as land use. Renewable wood-based biofuels can help to achieve significant reductions in traffic emissions without compromising on sustainable production methods.
In line with the Biofore strategy, UPM uses crude tall oil ­- a residue of pulp production - as the raw material for renewable diesel. By utilising resources in a more sustainable and efficient way, we can ensure that new advanced biofuels will no longer be a zero-sum game.
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Waste has become a new raw material

​Material efficiency is a key factor in the production of advanced biofuels. New solutions based on waste or residues make it possible to produce fuel in an increasingly sustainable manner, as fuel production no longer threatens the global food supply or biodiversity.

In accordance with our Biofore strategy, we aim to utilise the entire lifecycle of wood-based biomass as efficiently as possible. Wood as a raw material provides a solid foundation for this approach. UPM BioVerno offers a perfect example of this approach: it is a diesel fuel derived from the residues of our own production processes. Creating more with less allows us to strive for better material efficiency — more with Biofore!

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​Building on sustainable forestry

​Wood is a renewable resource — and the primary raw material for all UPM businesses. The company's expertise in utilising wood materials provides a solid platform for developing entirely new business areas, such as biofuels.

UPM is a major forest owner with extensive expertise in wood sourcing. As a result, the origin of all the wood used by us can be traced all the way back to the roots. It can therefore be guaranteed that all fibre comes from legal, non-controversial sources, ensuring a solid foundation for production. The principles of sustainable development are followed in all our wood sourcing processes from forest management to chain of custody and forest certification.

Visit the Forest Life website to learn more about sustainable forestry and forests »

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​Investing in a sustainable future by reducing CO2 emissions

​UPM's advanced biofuels are derived from renewable raw materials, and they can be used to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels.

Advanced biofuels are a major opportunity for the forest industry. Biomass-based production continues to grow, becoming an increasingly important part of the European bioeconomy. Our investments in wood-based biofuel technology also considerably benefit the economy, creating more jobs in raw material production, technology and equipment manufacturing and production, as well as providing environmental benefits for all.

"The change cannot be achieved without a fuel that can be distributed through the existing infrastructure and that is compatible with any vehicle."
Nils-Olof Nylund, Research Professor, VTT

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Advanced biofuels fit in with other UPM businesses

​Years of experience in forest biomass and extensive resources provide us with a unique basis for efficiently developing our biofuels business - a business that currently has enormous potential for growth. Our innovative work consists of developing biomass-based products and solutions in three new areas: biocomposites, biofibrillates and biochemicals.

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