UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery

UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery
UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery

UPM’s Lappeenranta Biorefinery is the first commercial-scale biorefinery to produce renewable wood-based diesel and naphtha. The biorefinery is right next door to the UPM Kaukas pulp and paper mill, helping us to meet growing demand for biofuel in the European Union. Global demand for biofuels is expected to rise substantially by 2030.

130,000 tonnes/year
of advanced biofuels
100 + 150
direct and indirect employees
EUR 179 million
First in the world
on a commercial scale

Enhanced biofuel production technology

Renewable UPM BioVerno is made from wood-based tall oil by a hydrotreatment process developed at the UPM Research Centre in Lappeenranta, Southeast Finland. UPM is pioneering a transformation of the forest industry, seeking to use wood with optimal efficiency. We want to maximise the lifecycle of wood-based raw materials replacing fossils.

Story of UPM BioVerno diesel


Crude tall oil as a raw material

Crude tall oil is a natural wood extract of mainly softwood origin. This renewable raw material comes from sustainably managed forests - extracted as a residue when separating wood fibre for pulp production. A substantial part of the renewable raw material processed in Lappeenranta comes from UPM pulp mills in Finland, such as the neighbouring UPM Kaukas mill. The use of crude tall oil in biofuel production does not increase wood usage.

Our crude tall oil feedstock has been awarded with RSB low ILUC (indirect land use change) risk certification. This certification confirms that UPM feedstocks have a low risk of displacing current biomass production or diverting feedstocks away from other uses.


Timeline of UPM BioVerno journey


UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery

UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery
Kaukaantie 16
FI-53200 Lappeenranta, Finland
Navigator: Hyötiöntie 2

+358 2041 5161