High cetane number, low emissions - The renewed St1 Diesel plus contains UPM's Finnish renewable diesel

Press Release 6.5.2015 14:21 EEST

(UPM and St1, 6 May 2015) Finnish energy company St1 has renewed its Premium class diesel fuel. Distributed across the entire St1 network, the new Diesel plus is an extraordinary diesel fuel that combines state-of-the-art technical properties with UPM's new wood-based renewable diesel that is manufactured in Finland. The highest cetane number in the market provides instant torque, while an optimised blend of additives keeps nozzles and combustion chambers clean to enable the engine to run more efficiently and economically. The new Diesel plus fuel is suitable for all diesel engines.

Diesel plus is based on international technology that significantly enhances the technical and practical properties of diesel. With a cetane number of 60+, the fuel makes driving easier and safer thanks to the instant torque that gives extra power when overtaking on a motorway, for example. Moreover, thanks to the cleaner form of combustion and renewable diesel component, Diesel plus also reduces traffic emissions.

"Premium fuels are one of St1's strategic cornerstones, and we are constantly developing these fuels to better fulfil the needs of drivers in Finland. Diesel plus has several important properties that diesel car owners appreciate, such as instant torque. And now, we had the opportunity to start using UPM's new high quality diesel as part of our fuel mix. UPM BioVerno is produced from forest industry residues and supports efforts to replace imported fossil fuels with renewable domestic fuel", says Mika Wiljanen, Managing Director of St1 Oy.

Finnish renewable diesel component from UPM's biorefinery

In its own fuel production, St1 focuses on waste- and residue-based ethanol. The renewable diesel component in Diesel plus is produced by the forest industry company UPM at its biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland. The main raw material of UPM BioVerno is crude tall oil, which is a residue of UPM's own pulp production.

"We have made huge strides from starting the process development in 2008 to building the world's first biorefinery that produces renewable, wood-based diesel. I think it is great that the Finnish low-emission UPM BioVerno diesel is now available to Finnish consumers through the Finnish energy company St1", says Petri Kukkonen, Vice President of UPM Biofuels.

The premium Diesel plus fuel is suitable for all diesel engines, from passenger cars to heavy duty vehicles and machinery. It costs the same as regular diesel. The new Diesel plus fuel is available in all St1 stations across Finland.

For further information, please contact:
St1, Managing Director Mika Wiljanen, tel. 010 557 11
UPM Biofuels, Vice President Petri Kukkonen, tel. 02041 50336

St1 is a Finnish energy group whose vision is to be the leading producer and seller of CO2-aware energy. The company researches and develops economically viable, environmentally sustainable energy solutions. St1’s energy services and products cover everything from wind power to high-concentration ethanol RE85 produced from biowaste and residues. To date, St1 has bioethanol plants in Finland, an oil refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden, as well as 1100 St1 and Shell branded retail stations in Finland, Sweden and Norway. Headquartered in Helsinki, the company employs currently over 550 people in Finland, Sweden and Norway. www.st1.fi


UPM Biofuels
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. www.upmbiofuels.com

Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: 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 customers worldwide. The group employs around 20,000 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM – The Biofore Company – www.upm.com