UPM Biofuels

Climate positive fuels for transport decarbonisation


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 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 climate positive farming system in Uruguay for sustainable production of biofuels. The annual cultivation area is around 10,000 hectares -demonstrating the system works on a commercial scale.

Brassica oil crops  are grown as a secondary crop. They adjust well to local agricultural rotation being an addition to existing food and feed production - and they offer an alternative for local farmers to generate additional income sustainably.


Interested in reading the climate positive fuels concept paper?