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UPM and Yara to co-develop recycled fertilisers2016-11-10T08:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-and-Yara-to-co-develop-recycled-fertilisers-001-Thu-10-Nov-2016-10-03.aspxUPM and Yara to co-develop recycled fertilisers<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 10 November 2016 at 10:00 EET) - Raki2, a nutrient recycling programme from the Finnish Ministry of the Environment, has granted funding for a joint project established by UPM together with the fertiliser and crop nutrition expert Yara Suomi Oy to develop nutrient recycling. Funding has been granted for the years 2017-2018.</p> <p class="hugin"><img alt="" class="hugin" height="256" id="Picture 2" src="https://hugin.info/165629/I/2055933/111635.jpg" width="453" /></p> <p class="hugin"><i class="hugin">The efficiency of recycled fertilisers and the need for their supplementation by mineral fertilisers are studied in the field trials at Kotkaniemi Research Station.</i></p> <p class="hugin">"The project by UPM and Yara Suomi is a concrete initiative to develop and test fertilisers with clear-cut targets", says Senior Officer <b class="hugin">Anni Karhunen</b> from the Ministry of the Environment. <br class="hugin">"I am particularly happy that, for the first time, someone is really looking into the possibilities of reusing nutrients in the side streams of the forest industry. The projects that were chosen for the Raki funding once again include many different companies, so I am confident it will also lead to new business development", she continues. </p> <p class="hugin">"The joint project by UPM and Yara concentrates on the possibilities for the agricultural reuse of nutrients retrieved from the sludge originating from the pulp and paper mill's effluent treatment plants and the ash from the incineration process", says <b class="hugin">Esa Laurinsilta</b>, Director of Strategic Partnerships at UPM.</p> <p class="hugin">"Together with UPM's R&D team, we are developing a nutrient solution that contains the correct ratio of recycled and mineral nutrients", says <b class="hugin">Timo Räsänen</b>, Commercial Director at Yara Suomi. The research and development is carried out in UPM's Research Centre in Lappeenranta and Yara's Kotkaniemi Research Station in Vihti. "Recycled fertilisers do not automatically contain the correct amount of nutrients, so they need to be supplemented by mineral fertilisers that the plants can utilise without difficulties. This ensures that all nutrients move to the plants during the growing season and do not remain in the fields to then be washed up to waterways", Timo Räsänen continues. </p> <p class="hugin">"The two companies have a shared goal to develop an efficient, industrial-scale nutrient solution including recycled fertiliser that can be used to help produce clean domestic food profitably and with minimum environmental emissions. The joint project is a great example of circular economy, resource efficiency and industrial collaboration", conclude <b class="hugin">Laurinsilta</b> and<b class="hugin"> Räsänen</b>. </p> <p class="hugin">One of the targets of the Finnish Government Programme is to increase the profitability of food production without compromising environmental protection and to make Finland a model of nutrient recycling. The second phase of the Raki programme was launched as part of Prime Minister Sipilä's Government's key project <i class="hugin">Breakthrough of a circular economy, getting waters into good condition</i>, which aims to also utilise  circular economy to promote the good ecological state of the Baltic Sea and to improve nutrient recycling.</p> <p class="hugin">Finding new methods for reusing sludge is part of the side-streams research programme at UPM's R&D. The results are also used in UPM's "Zero Solid Waste" initiative. Read more <a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/enhancing-the-utilisation-degree-of-sludge-by-improving-fuel-value-and-mapping-out-new-applications/" target="_blank">at upmbiofore.com</a>.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information, please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Esa Laurinsilta, Manager, UPM, Strategic Partnerships, tel. +358 (0)40 821 0350<br class="hugin">Timo Räsänen, Commercial Director, Yara Suomi Oy, tel. +358 (0)50 337 4514</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations </b><br class="hugin">9.00-16.00 EET<br class="hugin">tel. +358 40 588 3284 <br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="mailto:media@upm.com" target="_blank">media@upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM</b><br class="hugin">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 Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America) and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,600 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - <a class="hugin" href="http://www.upm.com/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="https://twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank">YouTube</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">About Yara</b><br class="hugin">Yara's knowledge, products and solutions grow farmers' and industrial customers' businesses profitably and responsibly, while protecting the earth's resources, food and environment.</p> <p class="hugin">Our fertilizers, crop nutrition programs and technologies increase yields, improve product quality and reduce the environmental impact of agricultural practices. Our industrial and environmental solutions improve air quality by reducing emissions from industry and transportation, and serve as key ingredients in the production of a wide range of goods. <br class="hugin">Founded in 1905 to solve emerging famine in Europe, today, Yara has a worldwide presence, with more than 12,000 employees and sales to more than 150 countries. In Finland Yara has three production sites and 900 employees. We foster a culture that promotes the safety of our employees, contractors and societies. </p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
UPM receives acknowledgement for its climate actions 2016-10-25T11:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-receives-acknowledgement-for-its-climate-actions---001-Tue-25-Oct-2016-14-03.aspxUPM receives acknowledgement for its climate actions <p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 25 October 2016 at 14:00 EET) - UPM has been included in the CDP Climate A List. UPM is featured in the CDP's climate change program for the eight years in a row for its climate actions and transparent climate reporting. </p> <p class="hugin"><img alt="" class="hugin" height="170" id="Picture 1" src="https://hugin.info/165629/I/2051207/110932.jpg" width="340" /></p> <p class="hugin">UPM's Biofore strategy meets the challenges set by climate change on many levels: it promotes sustainable forestry, resource efficient production and the manufacturing of recyclable products that are based on renewable raw materials.</p> <p class="hugin">"Apart from actions, also the quality of reporting matters. Investors and other important stakeholders use our public data to evaluate how well we tackle global climate challenges and changes in market conditions and comply with related regulations", says Sami Lundgren, Vice President, Environment & Responsibility. </p> <p class="hugin">"We are committed to the continuous improvement of our operations and are regularly monitoring the achievement of our climate-related targets. And verified reporting proves the reliability of provided data", <b class="hugin">Sami Lundgren</b> tells.  </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">Towards better climate performance through concrete actions and 2030 climate targets  </b></p> <p class="hugin">UPM updated its 2030 responsibility targets in 2015. The new targets were influenced not only by the company's Biofore strategy but also by the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UPM's climate targets for 2030 include reducing the fossil carbon dioxide emissions from own combustion and purchased electricity by 30% as well as reducing acidifying flue gases by 20%. One of UPM's continuous targets is to maximise the business benefits of greenhouse gas claims, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.</p> <p class="hugin">"We are determined to work towards these targets in many ways", Sami Lundgren continues. "One example is the UPM Shotton paper mill in the UK, where UPM has invested in a condensing turbine power plant. The plant turns excess low-pressure steam into renewable energy. Another example is the Otepää plywood mill in Estonia, where the construction of a new biomass power plant was completed this year. The new plant will replace an older plant running partly on oil," Sami Lundgren lists.</p> <p class="hugin">"We congratulate the 193 A List companies that are leading the charge towards our low carbon future. Companies are key actors in enabling the global economy to achieve its new climate goals, and the leadership of this group points the way for others to take bold action and capitalize on the many opportunities that await," says CDP's chief executive officer <b class="hugin">Paul Simpson</b>.</p> <p class="hugin">Learn more about UPM's climate strategy and about the role UPM's wood-based renewable diesel UPM BioVerno plays in promoting the UN SDG 13 (Climate Action) <a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/actions-and-transparent-reporting-grant-upm-a-place-on-the-cdp-climate-a-list/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a>.</p> <p class="hugin">The Climate A List, along with the climate scores of all companies publicly taking part in CDP's climate change program this year, is available on CDP's website, <a class="hugin" href="https://www.cdp.net/en" target="_blank">https://www.cdp.net/en</a>.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact: </b><br class="hugin">Sami Lundgren, Vice President, UPM, Environment & Responsibility, tel. +358 40 580 0910</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations </b><br class="hugin">9.00-16.00 EET<br class="hugin">tel. +358 40 588 3284 <br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="mailto:media@upm.com" target="_blank">media@upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM</b><br class="hugin">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 ENA (Europe and North America) and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,600 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - <a class="hugin" href="http://www.upm.com/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="https://twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank">YouTube</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
UPM retains the industry leader position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index for the fifth time in a row2016-09-08T06:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-retains-the-industry-leader-position-in-the-Dow-Jones-Sustainability-Europe--001-Thu-08-Sep-2016-09-03.aspxUPM retains the industry leader position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index for the fifth time in a row<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 8 September 2016 at 09.00 EET)  - UPM has been listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index (DJSI) for 2016-2017. </p> <p class="hugin"><img width="346" height="118" class="hugin" src="https://hugin.info/165629/I/2040678/109048.jpg" alt="" /> </p> <p class="hugin">"We believe that customers, investors and other stakeholders value our responsible operations that keep risks under control and create business opportunities. Innovations such as lighter publication paper grades, renewable diesel or biochemicals e.g. for medical end-uses create benefits to our stakeholders and the society, and thereby increase the company value. Being listed as the top company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in Europe shows that we have been succeeding in our actions and engagement and that the results are also noted outside", says <b class="hugin">Pirkko Harrela</b>, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations. </p> <p class="hugin">The annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment is conducted by an investment specialist RobecoSAM, and is based on a rigorous analysis of economic, environmental and social performance of the world's leading companies, assessing issues covering climate change strategies, supply chain standards, labour practices, corporate governance and risk management. The DJSI follows a best-in-class approach, recognising companies across all industries that outperform their peers in sustainability metrics. <br class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Sami Lundgren, Vice President, UPM, Environment and Responsibility, tel. +358 40 580 0910</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations </b><br class="hugin">9.00-16.00 EET<br class="hugin">tel. +358 40 588 3284 <br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="mailto:media@upm.com" target="_blank">media@upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">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 ENA (Europe and North America) and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our 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</p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="https://twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank">Twitter</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Facebook</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank">YouTube</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
Students need fluent reading skills - The Finnish Reading Centre will organise 100 literacy workshops to students of technical studies with UPM's support2016-06-15T07:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/Students-need-fluent-reading-skills---The-Finnish-Reading-Centre-will-organise-1-001-Wed-15-Jun-2016-10-03.aspxStudents need fluent reading skills - The Finnish Reading Centre will organise 100 literacy workshops to students of technical studies with UPM's support<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 15 June 2016 at 10:00 EET) - Fluent reading skills are required in all professions. The target of "Sanat haltuun" (Words matter) project, supported by UPM and organised by the Finnish Reading Centre, is to inspire students of technical vocational schools to read and improve their reading skills. In addition, UPM together with the Reading Centre want to develop operating models to improve students' reading skills in the future. The aim is also to stimulate discussion and raise awareness on the reading skills of young students in vocational schools.</p> <p class="hugin">The Finnish Reading Centre will organise 100 functional literacy workshops to students of technical vocational schools all around Finland. In addition to the Reading Centre, Finnish language teachers of vocational schools, authors and researchers will participate in the planning of the workshops. The project of one year and a half will begin in the autumn of 2016.</p> <p class="hugin">"Sanat haltuun" project is part of UPM's "Biofore Share and Care" programme. The programme focuses on projects that are relevant to both UPM's business and responsibility goals. The focus areas are: Reading & Learning, Engaging with communities, Responsible water use and Boosting bioinnovations.</p> <p class="hugin">Read more on the project at <a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/the-finnish-reading-centre-will-organise-100-literacy-workshops-to-students-of-technical-studies-with-upms-support/" target="_blank">www.upmbiofore.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Pirkko Harrela, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, UPM, tel. +358 40 5078764<br class="hugin">Ilmi Villacís, Executive Director, Finnish Reading Centre, tel. +358 40 8305936</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations </b><br class="hugin">9.00-16.00 EET<br class="hugin">tel. +358 40 588 3284 <br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="mailto:media@upm.com" target="_blank">media@upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">Finnish Reading Centre </b><br class="hugin">The Finnish Reading Centre promotes reading and literacy and produces materials, information, services and expertise for schools in particular, but also for libraries, the general public, media and policy makers. The target is to improve literacy of children and young people all over Finland. Every year, the Centre organizes over 1,200 author visits, of which 80% are in schools all over Finland. The Finnish Reading Centre consists of ten member literary societies in Finland. The Centre is funded by the government (Ministry of Education and Culture), together with several Finnish charitable foundations. <a class="hugin" href="http://www.lukukeskus.fi" target="_blank">www.lukukeskus.fi</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM</b><br class="hugin">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 ENA and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,600 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - <a class="hugin" href="/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="https://twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank">YouTube</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f

​Responsibility highlights in figures

Lost time accident frequency


- 11%

Production waste reused or recycled


over 90%

Share of certified wood and fibre


84%

Share of ecolabelled sales


77%

Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2016-2017


Industry leader in Europe

FROM BIOFORE.COM
SEP 9 2016

UPM retains the industry leader position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index for the fifth time in a row

UPM has been listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index (DJSI) for 2016-2017. The DJSI follows a best-in-class approach, recognising companies across all industries that outperform their peers in sustainability metrics.


Biofore Share and Care

UPM’s Biofore Share and Care programme reflects our commitment to building a sustainable, innovation-driven future by sharing our expertise and assets for causes we care about.

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