See forest biomass harvesting in UPM Forest Life

(UPM, Helsinki, 3 February, 2009) – The use of forest biomass - logging residues, small wood from thinnings and stumps - for energy generation is continuously growing. Since the 1990’s, UPM has invested in biomass-fired power plants as well as in harvesting and logistics. The energy content of spruce stumps is especially high and stump lifting has become more and more common. In UPM Forest Life you can now see how biomass is harvested and what kind of machinery we use. Exploring the different scenes you will also hear where forest biomass is used and find out how biodiversity is taken into account.

In Finland, UPM has 9 of its own or associated companies power plants using forest biomass as fuel. Further similar plants were started-up in 2006 and 2007 at the Shotton mill in the UK and at the Chapelle Darblay mill in France. New plants are under construction at the Caledonian paper mill in Scotland and Lappeenranta in Finland. Most of the power plants in Finland generate heat, steam and power for the UPM mill and district heating for the local community.

UPM’s own wood sourcing organisation is responsible for supplying forest energy. The price and conditions attached to forest biomass harvesting are agreed with the forest owner as part of the timber sales agreement.

For further information please contact:
Ms Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Director, Environmental Forestry Affairs, telephone
+358 204 162 162
Ms Anja Silvennoinen, Senior Vice President, Energy, telephone +358 204 150 733