EU Ecolabel awarded to UPM Plattling papers

(UPM, Helsinki 15 May, 2012) – All UPM paper products produced at UPM Plattling mill in Germany have now been granted the EU Ecolabel.

Reels and sheets supplied by the mill complement the comprehensive range of UPM paper products already carrying the EU Ecolabel which is geographically the most extensive eco-label available. The label guarantees that paper meets strict environmental criteria concerning air and water emissions as well as energy and chemical consumption. In addition, the origin of all wood fibre must be known. 

"The EU Ecolabel is a proof of our products’ excellent overall environmental performance and thus low environmental impact,” says Päivi Rissanen, UPM's Environmental Director for Paper Business Group.

To date almost all UPM copy and graphic papers produced in Europe have been awarded the EU Ecolabel and the company is a clear industry leader with almost 200 paper grades from 15 paper mills approved under the EU Ecolabel scheme. All in all about 8 million tonnes of UPM paper will be able to carry the EU Ecolabel award by end of 2012.

Supported by the European Commission and all EU member states the Ecolabel offers guidance to consumers and purchasers, who wish to be sure of buying products with superior environmental performance.

For more information please contact:
Päivi Rissanen, Environmental Director, UPM Paper Business Group,
paivi.rissanen@upm.com, Tel. +358 204 16 2252

UPM  leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 24,000 people and it has production plants in 16 countries. UPM's annual sales exceed EUR 10 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. UPM – The Biofore Company – www.upm.com

UPM Paper has 23 modern and sustainable paper mills in Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, China and the United States. Many of them are large recycling centres and bioenergy producers, as well as paper manufacturers. UPM Paper employs almost 14,000 people. In 2011, the business group’s net sales amounted to EUR 7.2 billion. To learn more, visit: www.upmpaper.com