Renewable diesel UPM BioVerno wins EU Sustainable Energy Europe Award

Sustainable Energy Europe Awards 2014

The UPM Biofuels has received the European Union’s Sustainable Energy Europe Award 2014 in the “Travelling” category for its renewable crude tall oil based UPM BioVerno diesel in Brussels, Belgium. The Sustainable Energy Europe Awards reward and promote Europe’s best sustainable energy projects in the fields of energy efficiency, renewables and clean transport.

“UPM BioVerno was recognised as the winner of the Energy Europe Awards 2014 for the innovative approach in using the residue of their own pulp production, crude tall oil, as a new use in raw material for the production of advanced biofuels to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The production supports the local economy, and it is not imported fuel. UPM BioVerno is a high quality product, drop-in diesel that can be used with no need to change vehicles,” stated Maria Da Graça Carvalho, head of the jury.

Unique Finnish renewable diesel innovation

UPM BioVerno diesel is a unique Finnish innovation and can be used in any diesel engine – car, bus or truck - without modification. UPM’s renewable diesel helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly compared to fossil diesel. UPM is building the world’s first commercial scale wood-based biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland. The biorefinery will start production in autumn 2014 and will produce approximately 100,000 tonnes of renewable UPM BioVerno diesel each year. This production will cover a quarter of Finland’s 2020 renewable energy target in transportation.

“During the last few years we have made progress with remarkable R&D work and important investments for developing sustainable wood-based biofuels. We are commissioning the Lappeenranta Biorefinery this autumn. This recognition confirms that we have managed to make significant progress in sustainable advanced biofuels,” says Sari Mannonen, Sales & Marketing Director of the UPM Biofuels Business.

Unique Finnish renewable diesel innovation 

EU’s Sustainable Energy Week promotes renewable energy solutions

The Sustainable Energy Europe Awards competition is part of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), an initiative set up by the European Commission that first took place in 2006. EU Sustainable Energy Week showcases activities dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. It is designed to spread best practices, inspire new ideas and build alliances to help meet the EU’s energy and climate goals.

This year’s Sustainable Energy Europe Awards ceremony was fully integrated into the High Level Policy Conference and Interactive Exhibition in Brussels, where the nominated projects were presented.

More information on the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week: http://www.eusew.eu/

More information on the EU´s Sustainable Energy week 2014 and the Sustainable Energy Europe Award: http://www.eusew.eu/awards-competition/awards-2014

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