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Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels nominate Marko Janhunen from UPM as the new Chair Anni Pakkala, Tulus Oy2017-07-06T15:00:00Z<h4><img src="/PublishingImages/Blogs/lsb-logo-jpg.jpg" alt="" style="margin&#58;0px 5px 0px 0px;" />“Let’s enable sustainable, advanced biofuels to contribute to decarbonising the EU transport sector”</h4><p>Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB) nominated Marko Janhunen, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, UPM Biorefining as Chair for the upcoming year at their Annual General Meeting in Brussels in June, 2017. Marko takes over the Chair from Gloria Gaupmann, Public Affairs Group Biotechnology, Clariant, who acted as an interim Chair since November 2016. </p><p>LSB is a coalition of leading advanced biofuels producers and technology developers committed to making a significant contribution to meeting EU ambitions of decarbonizing the transport sector. Advanced biofuels bring multiple benefits in terms of CO2 reduction, investments, revenues for farmers and forestry, improved waste management practices, job creation and an increase in energy security. </p><p><strong>Marko Janhunen</strong> stated after his nomination&#58;&#160; “This is an exciting year for advanced biofuels in the European Union. The Commission proposal on the review of the Renewable Energy Directive released last November paved the way for advanced biofuels to play a strong role in decarbonising EU transport. Now it is up to the EU Parliament and the EU Council to&#160; confirm the advanced biofuels target and stimulate further private investments in the sector”.</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/Blogs/Marko-Janhunen2.jpg" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px 5px 5px 0px;" />LSB is working closely with the European Parliament and the Member States to provide credible information on the potential of advanced biofuels in the European Union. </p><p>LSB supports a dedicated and defined&#160; target for advanced biofuels, as proposed by the Commission in the form of the Annex IX part A mandate, and the related feedstock list. “A specific advanced biofuels target based on the unchanged Annex IX Part A is necessary for generating investment and investor security for advanced biofuels based on innovative technologies using sustainable feedstock”, Marko Janhunen continued. </p><p><strong>For further information please contact&#58; </strong><br>Marko Janhunen, LSB Chair, <a href="mailto&#58;marko.janhunen@upm.com">marko.janhunen@upm.com</a>, tel. <span class="baec5a81-e4d6-4674-97f3-e9220f0136c1" style="white-space&#58;nowrap;">+358 50 590 0047<a title="Call&#58; +358 50 590 0047" href="#" style="margin&#58;0px;border&#58;currentcolor;left&#58;0px;top&#58;0px;width&#58;16px;height&#58;16px;right&#58;0px;bottom&#58;0px;overflow&#58;hidden;vertical-align&#58;middle;float&#58;none;display&#58;inline;white-space&#58;nowrap;position&#58;static !important;"><img title="Call&#58; +358 50 590 0047" alt="" style="margin&#58;0px;border&#58;currentcolor;left&#58;0px;top&#58;0px;width&#58;16px;height&#58;16px;right&#58;0px;bottom&#58;0px;overflow&#58;hidden;vertical-align&#58;middle;float&#58;none;display&#58;inline;white-space&#58;nowrap;position&#58;static !important;" /></a></span></p><h3>Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels</h3><p>LSB is a coalition of leading advanced biofuel technology developers and producers committed to making a significant contribution to meeting the EU ambitions of decarbonizing the transport sector. Sustainable advanced biofuels are a fast track solution for decarbonizing transport. Advanced biofuels bring multiple benefits in terms of CO2 reduction, investments, revenues for farmers and forestry, improved waste management practices, job creation and an increase in energy security.</p><h3>UPM</h3><p>Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas&#58; UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,300 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - <a href="http&#58;//www.upm.com/">www.upm.com</a></p><p>Follow UPM on <a href="https&#58;//twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a href="https&#58;//www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> | <a href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank">YouTube</a> | <a href="https&#58;//www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> | <a href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p><h3>UPM Biofuels</h3><p>UPM plans to become a major player in high quality, advanced biofuels for transport. Biofuels are an essential part of the Biofore strategy. The innovative wood-based biofuels developed by the company and their production technologies are part of a sustainable future. UPM's biofuels are frontrunners in quality, usability and sustainability. They will significantly decrease greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions compared to fossil fuels. <a href="/">www.upmbiofuels.com</a></p><p>Follow UPM Biofuels on <a href="https&#58;//twitter.com/UPM_Biofuels" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/UPM-Biopolttoaineet-328642547332048/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJwXrjw5FtwHDcos7UjxvktVuYXNfMkWo" target="_blank">YouTube</a></p>GP0|#ee3a8c1f-9811-4d10-aaa0-493f0ed07a23;L0|#0ee3a8c1f-9811-4d10-aaa0-493f0ed07a23|Other news;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841faspx
UPM tests Carinata sequential cropping concept as part of Biofuels future developmentElina Räihä, UPM2017-06-28T15:00:00Z<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 28 June 2017 at 15&#58;00 EET) - UPM Biofuels is developing a new feedstock concept by growing Brassica carinata as a sequential crop in South America. The Carinata crop produces non-edible oil suitable for biofuels' feedstock and protein for animal feed.</p> <p class="hugin">The sequential cropping concept enables contract farmers to take agricultural land into use outside the main cultivation period, in winter time, without compromising existing food production. This does not cause any land use change, prevents erosion and improves soil quality. Carinata will provide additional income to local farmers, who do not normally have their fields in productive use during winter. In South America UPM grows and tests Carinata with third-party farmers in Uruguay and Brazil.&#160; </p> <p class="hugin"><img width="600" height="400" class="hugin" id="Picture 2" src="https&#58;//hugin.info/165629/I/2116208/119250.jpg" alt="" style="margin-left&#58;0px;" /></p> <p class="hugin"><i class="hugin">Carinata field seeded in early May 2017 in Uruguay. </i></p> <p class="hugin">Carinata is an oilseed crop specially designed for sustainable production of biofuels. UPM has made a long term agreement with Canada-based Brassica Carinata crop developer Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. who utilise non-GMO technologies to improve crop varieties. </p> <p class="hugin">&quot;Sustainable land use is UPM's core competence. We are developing this sequential cropping concept with Carinata as it provides new feedstock solutions for low carbon biofuels without compromising existing food production,&quot; says <b class="hugin">Petri Kukkonen</b>, Head of UPM Biofuels Development. </p> <p class="hugin">Biofuels produced from Carinata oil reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 70% compared to fossil fuels.&#160; </p> <p class="hugin">&quot;Exploring new feedstocks is part of UPM Biofuels' long term development. In addition to the Carinata concept, UPM studies waste and residue as well as wood-based feedstocks for biofuels,&quot; says Kukkonen. </p> <p class="hugin">The Carinata concept has no direct impact on the operations of UPM's Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact&#58;</b> <br class="hugin">Petri Kukkonen, Vice President, Biofuels Development<br class="hugin">e-mail&#58; petri.kukkonen@upm.com&#160; <br class="hugin">tel. +358 40&#160;592 7440</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations </b><br class="hugin">Mon-Fri 9.00-16.00 EET<br class="hugin">tel. +358 40 588 3284 <br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="mailto&#58;media@upm.com" target="_blank">media@upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM Biofuels</b><br class="hugin">UPM plans to become a major player in high quality, advanced biofuels for transport. Biofuels are an essential part of the Biofore strategy. The innovative wood-based biofuels developed by the company and their production technologies are part of a sustainable future. UPM's biofuels are frontrunners in quality, usability and sustainability. They will significantly decrease greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions compared to fossil fuels. <a class="hugin" href="/" target="_blank">www.upmbiofuels.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM Biofuels on <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//twitter.com/UPM_Biofuels" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/UPM-Biopolttoaineet-328642547332048/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJwXrjw5FtwHDcos7UjxvktVuYXNfMkWo" target="_blank">YouTube</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM</b><br class="hugin">Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas&#58; UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,300 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - <a class="hugin" href="http&#58;//www.upm.com/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank">YouTube</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841faspx
Ecofys study on Crude Tall Oil markets and availability: sufficient supply for advanced biofuels, biomaterials and energy usageSystem Account2017-06-20T13:00:00Z<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 20 June 2017 at 13&#58;00 EET) - UPM Biofuels commissioned a study from leading international energy and climate consultancy Ecofys - A Navigant Company, entitled &quot;<b class="hugin">Crude tall oil low ILUC risk assessment&#58; comparing global supply and demand&quot;.</b> The study looked into crude tall oil (CTO) availability, current usage, whether the feedstock creates an additional demand for land, and whether the use of CTO in advanced biofuels can cause distortive effects in the markets.</p> <p class="hugin">The recently conducted Ecofys study concludes that &quot;the <i class="hugin">CTO market is not overly tight and potential surplus of about 850,000 tonnes of CTO is still available that could be tapped into&quot;</i>. The total potential CTO supply is around 2.6 million tonnes. Current actual CTO demand is approximately 1.75 million tonnes, of which about 1.4 million tonnes is used by distillers and roughly 230,000 tonnes for biofuels. Ecofys also concludes that <i class="hugin">&quot;CTO use for biofuels did not cause displacement effects elsewhere, and hence CTO, a non-land using process residue, is a low ILUC (Indirect Land Use Change) risk material.&quot;</i></p> <p class="hugin"><img alt="" class="hugin" height="418" id="Picture 1" src="https&#58;//hugin.info/165629/I/2114413/118994.jpg" width="627" /></p> <p class="hugin">UPM considered it necessary to investigate the impact of UPM Biofuels' market entry, and to verify whether UPM BioVerno production may have impacted negatively on the CTO market. The study brings necessary information into the debate concerning raw material availability for various end-uses such as advanced biofuels and biomaterials.</p> <p class="hugin">Current debate relating to the EU's Renewable Energy Directive puts raw material availability of feedstock into focus as most materials tend to have alternative usage. &quot;It is important to UPM that we can showcase that our entry into the markets has had limited impacts on the overall market, while it has enabled UPM to become the key producer of wood-based biofuels and products for the biochemical industry. We believe there is tremendous innovation potential in advanced biofuels,&quot; says <b class="hugin">Marko Janhunen</b>, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations from UPM Biorefining. </p> <p class="hugin"><img alt="" class="hugin" height="400" id="Picture 2" src="https&#58;//hugin.info/165629/I/2114413/118995.jpg" width="600" /></p> <p class="hugin">This research was a follow-up to an earlier study from 2013 that looked into the same issues but this was before UPM began production of renewable diesel from CTO. In 2013, the study concluded that <i class="hugin">&quot;sufficient quantities of CTO are available for biodiesel production without the risk to cause Indirect Land Use Change and that CTO should be regarded as residue&quot;. </i>The new Ecofys study proved that the assumptions made in the earlier report were correct and UPM has created a new value chain parallel to existing ones.</p> <p class="hugin">&quot;UPM entered the advanced biofuels business in 2015 and became the world's first producer of renewable diesel on a commercial scale from wood by tapping into our own pulp mill residue, Crude Tall Oil. Our entry has been a success, and we continue to investigate new technologies and feedstock,&quot; Janhunen concludes. </p> <p class="hugin">UPM Biofuels is the only biofuel producer that has, in addition to national certification, received both RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) and ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) certifications. This is very strong proof of the sustainability of all UPM Biofuels operations.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">Link to study</b>&#58; <a class="hugin" href="/whats-new/other-publications/Documents/Publications/ecofys-crude-tall-oil-low-iluc-risk-assessment-report.pdf" target="_blank">Ecofys - Crude tall oil low ILUC risk assessment report</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact&#58;</b> <br class="hugin"><b class="hugin">Marko Janhunen</b>, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, UPM Biorefining, tel. +358 50&#160;590 0047, <a class="hugin" href="mailto&#58;marko.janhunen@upm.com" target="_blank">marko.janhunen@upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations </b><br class="hugin">9.00-16.00 EET<br class="hugin">tel. +358 40 588 3284 <br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="mailto&#58;media@upm.com" target="_blank">media@upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM Biofuels</b><br class="hugin">UPM plans to become a major player in high quality, advanced biofuels for transport. Biofuels are an essential part of the Biofore strategy. The innovative wood-based biofuels developed by the company and their production technologies are part of a sustainable future. UPM's biofuels are frontrunners in quality, usability and sustainability. They will significantly decrease greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions compared to fossil fuels. <a class="hugin" href="/" target="_blank">www.upmbiofuels.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM Biofuels on <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//twitter.com/UPM_Biofuels" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/UPM-Biopolttoaineet-328642547332048/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJwXrjw5FtwHDcos7UjxvktVuYXNfMkWo" target="_blank">YouTube</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM</b><br class="hugin">Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas&#58; UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,300 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - <a class="hugin" href="http&#58;//www.upm.com/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank">YouTube</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841faspx
Urban transport cleans up its act - HSL and Stara shift to renewable fuels onlyAnneli Kunnas, UPM2017-06-06T09:07:00Z<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 6 June 2017 at 09&#58;00 EET) - Buses in the Helsinki region and most of machinery and trucks used by the City of Helsinki are switching to waste and residue-based biofuels. Helsinki Region Transport HSL, the City of Helsinki and the producers of renewable fuels involved in the project are all pioneers in carbon-neutral transport. The project is internationally significant. </p> <p class="hugin">Commercial vehicles operated by the City of Helsinki and bus services commissioned by HSL will fully switch to renewable fuels by 2020. This is a pioneering project in global terms. </p> <p class="hugin">The construction services company, Stara, which operates most of the city's vehicles, will be involved from the City of Helsinki's side.</p> <p class="hugin">&quot;Switching to biofuels will markedly reduce carbon dioxide and local particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions. This will have a particularly clear impact on air quality in the center of Helsinki,&quot; says Unit Director <b class="hugin">Sami Aherva</b>, of Stara. </p> <p class="hugin">&quot;Sustainably produced biofuels are playing a major role in reaching the emission targets of Helsinki Region Transport. The BioSata project could accelerate the transition from fossil fuels,&quot; says <b class="hugin">Reijo Mäkinen</b>, Project Director at HSL.</p> <p class="hugin"><img width="600" height="400" class="hugin" id="Picture 1" src="https&#58;//hugin.info/165629/I/2110596/118434.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p class="hugin">The participation of key players in the BioSata project enable a rapid transition to biofuels. HSL, Stara, UPM, Neste, Teboil, St1, the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Employment, the Finnish Petroleum and Biofuels Association and the Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT are jointly seeking the most extensive possible use of biofuels. The project is part of the Helsinki region's Smart &amp; Clean project, which aims to achieve the most attractive zero-emission mobility in the world.</p> <p class="hugin">The advantage of high-quality liquid biofuels lies in the fact that neither new vehicles nor a new distribution infrastructure are required. Local emissions can be reduced through the targeted use of biofuels. Particulate emissions can be reduced by up to a third, by using renewable diesel in older vehicles and machinery. At best, biofuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by the production and use of fuel by 80-90 per cent compared to fossil fuels.</p> <p class="hugin">&#160;&quot;Taking into account the number and types of vehicles involved, such as buses, trucks and construction machinery, BioSata is Europe's largest coordinated advanced biofuels project. The project will also involve follow-up measurements. These measurements will cover issues such as fuel performance, impacts on local emissions and energy efficiency, and maintenance needs,&quot; says Research Professor <b class="hugin">Nils-Olof Nylund </b>of VTT, who is in charge of coordinating the project.</p> <p class="hugin">Vehicles serving on HSL's routes in the Helsinki region include around 1,400 buses, which consume about 40,000 tons of fuel each year. Stara's own vehicle fleet uses around 2,000 tons of fuel a year. About 500,000 tons of biofuel are produced in Finland on an annual basis.</p> <p class="hugin">The national energy and climate strategy requires that Finland raise the share of biofuels to 30 per cent of all fuels by 2030. Finland is a leading country in the use and development of advanced biofuels based waste and residues.&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </p> <p class="hugin">Additional information&#58; </p> <p class="hugin">Reijo Mäkinen, Project Director, HSL,reijo.makinen@hsl.fi, +358 40 595 0201<br class="hugin">Sami Aherva, Unit Director, Stara, sami.aherva@hel.fi, +358 50 559 1929 <br class="hugin">Nils-Olof Nylund, Research Professor, VTT, nils-olof.nylund@vtt.fi, +358 400 703&#160;715<br class="hugin">Sari Mannonen, Vice President, UPM Biofuels, <a class="hugin" href="mailto&#58;sari.mannonen@upm.com" target="_blank">sari.mannonen@upm.com</a>, +358 45&#160;265 1345</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">HSL</b> Helsinki Region Transport is responsible for the planning and procurement of Helsinki region public transport and for drawing up the Helsinki Region Transport System Plan. The joint local authority has 360 employees, and its annual turnover is about EUR 600 million. Some 360 million journeys are made on HSL's transport services annually; this accounts for about 63% of all public transport journeys in Finland.</p><p class="hugin"><strong>Helsinki City Construction Services, Stara</strong>, is a versatile expert in the fields of construction, environmental management and logistics. It takes care of the cleanliness, functionality and verdancy of Helsinki. About 70% of the parks and streets in Helsinki are maintained by Stara.&#160; It has nearly 1,500 employees and an annual turnover of some 200 million euros. <a href="https&#58;//www.hel.fi/stara/en">https&#58;//www.hel.fi/stara/en</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">The Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT Ltd</b> is the leading research and technology company in the Nordic countries. We use our research and knowledge to provide expert services for our domestic and international customers and partners, businesses and the public transport. We use 4 million hours of brainpower a year to develop new technological solutions. <a class="hugin" href="http&#58;//www.vtt.fi/" target="_blank">www.vtt.fi</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM Biofuels</b><br class="hugin">UPM plans to become a major player in high quality, advanced biofuels for transport. Biofuels are an essential part of the Biofore strategy. The innovative wood-based biofuels developed by the company and their production technologies are part of a sustainable future. UPM's biofuels are frontrunners in quality, usability and sustainability. They will significantly decrease greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels. <a class="hugin" href="/" target="_blank">www.upmbiofuels.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM Biofuels on <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//twitter.com/UPM_Biofuels" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/UPM-Biopolttoaineet-328642547332048/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJwXrjw5FtwHDcos7UjxvktVuYXNfMkWo" target="_blank">YouTube</a></p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841faspx

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