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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
UPM Biofuels gains the world's first RSB certification for wood-based liquid biofuels Minna Kumpu, Tulus Oy2017-05-29T14:02:00Z<p class="hugin">&#160;(UPM, Helsinki, 29 May 2017 at 14&#58;00 EET) - UPM Biofuels has again received a new&#160;acknowledgement of&#160;the sustainability of its value chain by receiving an&#160;RSB (The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)&#160;certificate for both UPM BioVerno renewable diesel and naphtha, as well as production sidestreams turpentine and pitch. RSB&#160;verifies the sustainability and reliability of feedstock sourcing and production.&#160;</p> <p class="hugin">In RSB certification, the sustainability of biofuels&#160;is evaluated against 12 principles which have been approved by many stakeholders, including NGOs and UN agencies. In addition to the&#160;greenhouse gas savings&#160;compared to fossil fuels, the RSB principles cover biodiversity, human rights and environmental and social responsibility throughout the value chain.</p> <p class="hugin">RSB&#160;is&#160;one of the European Commission's approved voluntary schemes, which can be used to show compliance with&#160;the EU Renewable Energy Directive's sustainability criteria. RSB certification can also be used to verify the sustainability of biomaterials for non-energy applications.&#160;UPM Biofuels&#160;uses crude tall oil, a residue from pulp production, to produce&#160;both biofuels and biomaterials in its Biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland.</p> <p class="hugin">&quot;The RSB is proud to count UPM among the visionary biofuel producers that are RSB certified. Using residues, like those from pulp and paper production, to produce energy helps to build a new world free of fossil fuels with minimal impact on nature and food production.&#160;This is the first certification of biofuel produced from wood-based feedstocks and RSB looks forward to working with UPM to promote this innovative&#160;solution for the bioeconomy,&quot; comments&#160;<b class="hugin">Rolf Hogan</b>, Executive Director of RSB.</p> <p class="hugin"><img class="hugin" id="Picture 2" src="/PublishingImages/Blogs/upm-biofuels-rsb-certificate-290517.jpg" alt="" style="width&#58;437px;" /></p> <p class="hugin"><i class="hugin">UPM's Risto Kotilainen (left) and Maria Puustinen (right) present UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery to Glenn Feryn, Leader auditor from Control Union Certifications, Belgium</i>.</p> <p class="hugin">UPM Biofuels has previously received sustainability certificates under the Finnish National Sustainability Scheme, ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS&#160;(International Sustainability and Carbon Certification)&#160;schemes. </p> <p class="hugin">&quot;RSB certification&#160;is&#160;a valuable addition to our current sustainability certifications and we see that it can lead to&#160;great&#160;new collaborations with RSB certified end users. RSB and ISCC are both considered strong sustainability certification schemes&#160;and both have their own strengths. We are the only biofuel producer able to show compliance with both voluntary schemes together with a national scheme. This is very strong&#160;evidence of sustainability in&#160;all UPM Biofuel operations,&quot; says <b class="hugin">Maiju Helin</b>, Head of Safety, Sustainability and&#160;Quality&#160;at UPM Biofuels.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">Innovative renewable fuels from Finland</b></p> <p class="hugin">UPM's renewable fuels&#160; known as UPM BioVerno fuels are&#160; an innovation that reduces lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% when compared with fossil fuels. </p> <p class="hugin">UPM BioVerno diesel, a&#160;high quality drop-in fuel,&#160;also reduces tailpipe emissions significantly. UPM BioVerno naphtha can be used as a biocomponent in gasoline or as renewable feedstock for bio-based applications, such as bioplastics.&#160;UPM's renewable fuels are produced from a residue of UPM's own pulp production, crude tall oil, with no edible materials being used.&#160;</p> <p class="hugin">UPM started production of its wood-based renewable fuels in the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery in January 2015. The production capacity of the biorefinery is 120 million litres of renewable fuels annually.&#160;</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">More information&#58;</b><br class="hugin">Maiju Helin, Senior Manager, Safety, Sustainability and Quality, UPM Biofuels<br class="hugin">Tel. +358 50&#160;325 6046, <a class="hugin" href="mailto&#58;maiju.helin@upm.com" target="_blank">maiju.helin@upm.com</a> <br class="hugin">Sari Mannonen, Vice President, UPM Biofuels, Tel. +358 45&#160;265 1345, <a class="hugin" href="mailto&#58;sari.mannonen@upm.com" target="_blank">sari.mannonen@upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations&#160;<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 emissions and tailpipe&#160; emissions compared to fossil fuels.&#160;<a class="hugin" href="/" target="_blank">www.upmbiofuels.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM Biofuels on&#160;<a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//twitter.com/UPM_Biofuels" target="_blank">Twitter&#160;</a>|&#160;<a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/UPM-Biopolttoaineet-328642547332048/" target="_blank">Facebook&#160;</a>|&#160;<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 Paper Asia, UPM Paper Europe and North America and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,600 people and annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company -&#160;<a class="hugin" href="http&#58;//www.upm.com/" target="_blank">www.upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM on&#160;<a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank">Twitter</a>|&#160;<a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Facebook</a>|&#160;<a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">RSB</b><br class="hugin">The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is a global, multi stakeholder independent&#160;organisation&#160;that drives the development of a new world bioeconomy through sustainability solutions, certification, innovation, and collaborative partnerships.&#160;It provides tools and solutions&#160;that mitigate business risk and contribute to achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals - and RSB has the world's most trusted, peer-reviewed, global certification standard for sustainable biomaterials, biofuels and biomass production. <a class="hugin" href="http&#58;//www.rsb.org/" target="_blank">www.rsb.org</a></p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841faspx
The green team - The sustainability agenda shows no sign of abatingElina Räihä, UPM2017-05-16T09:00:00Z<p><img src="/PublishingImages/Blogs/upm-lappeenranta-biorefinery-570px.jpg" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px 5px 5px 0px;" /></p><p>Finnish company UPM has recently signed up to become an RSB member – a global standard and certification scheme for sustainable production of biomaterials and biofuels. Here, <strong>Liz Gyekye</strong> catches up with <strong>Maiju Helin</strong>, senior manager responsible for Safety, Sustainability and Quality at UPM Biofuels to discuss its green agenda.<br> <br><strong>What steps did UPM take to become a RSB member?</strong><br> <br>UPM has already for many years been following RSB closely both in terms of monitoring the development of the standard and also taking part in RSB-related discussions, for example in RSB annual assemblies. UPM has also continuously been active with NGO’s like WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) to promote the sustainability aspects around biofuel certification. Last year, UPM took its final steps to become a RSB member. In addition to the membership, we are now in the process of finalising RSB certification. RSB certification verifies that we have all the sustainability, health, safety and environmental management practises in place to comply with RSB requirements. Although we develop our approach continuously and make internal audits regularly, the certification process has provided us a good chance to cross-check the level of our performance in comparison to the RSB standards.<br> <br><strong>What is set to be thenext biggest trend in sustainability?</strong><br> <br>UPM sees the topic of lifecycle greenhouse gas emission reduction remaining an important issue on the climate change agenda. However, robust sustainability criteria for the origin of biomass-based feedstocks together with traceability of supply chains are things that will become more and more important in the future. This will alsobe important for products outside the biofuel market. Additionally, end users are more and more interested in the social responsibility aspects of the supply chain, encouraging producers to consider sustainability from a wider perspective.<br> <br><strong>Why did you pick this scheme to join?</strong><br> <br>UPM promotes sustainability from many angles. UPM holds ISCC-EU and ISCC-PLUS voluntary certificates for its BioVerno renewable diesel and naphtha and is finalising RSB certification. The ISCC and RSB schemes are seen as the two strongest sustainability certification schemes, both having their own strengths and emphasis. ISCC Plus, for example, enabled us to<br>open the bioplastics market segment for our wood-based renewable naphtha. Being able to show compliance with both schemes is even stronger evidence of sustainability in all UPM Biofuel operations.<br> <br><strong>What do you think of the argument that voluntary sustainability schemes should be made mandatory?</strong><br> <br>We find that in most of Europe, voluntary scheme certificates are already a mandatory requirement in cases where one wants to sell biofuels from one Member State to another. However, many Member States have applied additional measures to verify the sustainability of imported biofuels. As the original target of the voluntary schemes was to align requirements across the EU, it is important that any scheme accepted by the EU Commission would also be accepted as such by all Member States.<br> <br><strong>What can be done to convince the public about the sustainability of biofuels and the part they should play in a lowcarbon world post 2020?</strong><br> <br>I truly believe that we need all possible ways to reduce the transport sector’s emissions in the long term. To that end, advanced, sustainable biofuels will have a significant role to play. In the longer term, the focus of biofuels will move from passenger vehicles to heavy duty transport, the marine sector and aviation. It goes without saying that sustainability of the feedstock must be robust for the puzzle to play out, and I’m convinced that is doable. The usage of traditional biofuels competing with food production has already been limited and post 2020 legislation proposals seem very positive for advanced fuels, such as our woodbased BioVerno products.<br> <br>Renewable drop-in fuels that significantly reduce both CO2 and tail pipe emissions, such as NOx and particles, will be favoured. Clear communication on the differences between the emission performances of different types of fuels will play a crucial role in engaging the general public.<br> <br><strong>What is the biggest challenge you face?</strong><br> <br>Unharmonised characteristics of the biofuel markets and regulation between countries, also within EU, is a big challenge for any biofuel player who wants to export its products.<br> <br><strong>What next for UPM Biofuels?</strong><br> <br>UPM actively seeks growth in sustainable and scalable biofuel production. Last autumn, a separate development program was launched to investigate the best possible strategy and growth options for us in terms of raw materials, technologies and commercial solutions. <br><br><em>The&#160;interview was first published in Biofuels International May/June edition.</em></p>GP0|#ee3a8c1f-9811-4d10-aaa0-493f0ed07a23;L0|#0ee3a8c1f-9811-4d10-aaa0-493f0ed07a23|Other news;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841faspx

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