Our main contribution is the Biofore strategy, the core of which is replacing fossil materials with renewables, maintaining and enhancing forests as carbon sinks and continuously increasing resource efficiency.Below are a few examples of how our actions and products limit the negative effects on the climate and help societies and ecosystems to adapt to climate change:
The biofuels industry is full of promise. New EU legislation, breakthrough technologies and increasing demand for biofuels and biomaterials in global markets are building solid foundations for the future development of the industry.
To fight climate change, the EU Commission presented a new legislative package in November proposing that CO2 emissions are cut by at least 40% by the year 2030. In Finland, the focus is on reducing transport sector emissions by increasing the use of biofuels.
The majority of UPM’s airborne emissions result from energy generation. The choice of fuels, combustion technology and flue gas purification are ways to reduce these emissions.
The quantity and quality of air emissions depend on the amount of steam produced at power plants or boilers, on the operating rate of the machines and the fuels used.
Biomass-based fuels that are free from fossil CO2 emissions account for 69% (2016) of the fuels used by UPM. Boilers using biomass-based fuels, oil and coal are equipped with filter systems. Compliance with permit limits is continually measured at all power plants and the reliability of these measurements is verified by a third party.
Increasing energy efficiency creates a basis for lower energy consumption and for reducing the emissions caused by energy generation. Choosing the right fuels, combustion technology and flue gas purification methods is a way to reduce these emissions.
A carbon footprint is a method used to measure and communicate the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted both directly and indirectly in the production and delivery of goods and services.
Raw materials, energy consumed and transportation are the main elements used to calculate the carbon footprint of a product.
Every now and then I’m asked whether climate change is an opportunity or a threat for UPM. It is self-evident that global warming with unpredictable effects is a big challenge for mankind and that we need to monitor and control industrial development. It is equally self-evident that the only way to reach remarkable results is to mobilise as many nations as possible.