Fossil fuels in transport need to be replaced by renewables. Transport represents 25% of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe and new fast track solutions are required also within the biofuels sector. UPM's climate positive fuels concept enables the transition towards a low carbon bioeconomy. With sustainable feedstocks we remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store carbon in soil. This leads to a climate positive effect.
Climate positive fuels for transport decarbonisation
Climate positive fuels are the most effective solution to decarbonise transportation.
Climate positive fuels
A climate positive effect is created when more carbon is stored than released into the atmosphere throughout the whole production cycle of renewable transport fuels.
Climate positive farming
Climate positive farming is at the core of the climate positive fuels concept. Fuel is climate positive when it is produced from feedstocks that are cultivated within existing agricultural systems and requires no additional farmland for their cultivation. These feedstocks are introduced as an additional high biomass cover crop within an existing main crop rotation during seasons where land is not typically in productive use.
Climate positive farming in action
UPM is developing the Brassica carinata climate positive farming system in Uruguay for sustainable production of biofuels. The annual cultivation area has reached 10,000 hectares -demonstrating the system works on a commercial scale.
Brassica carinata is grown as a secondary crop. It adjusts well to local agricultural rotation being an addition to existing food production - and it offers an alternative for rural producers to generate additional income sustainably.