UPM creates renewable products that replace non-renewable materials with renewable materials.
Unlike fossil-based resources, the sustainable use of renewable resources adds no new carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. For example, UPM’s biofuels and bioenergy replace fossil fuels.
We ensure that our most important resource, wood,
grows in sustainably managed forests. We utilise the best available techniques to ensure sustainable production. Well-managed forests play an essential role in natural carbon and water cycles, as well as preserving and enhancing biodiversity.
We aim to
minimise our climate impacts throughout the product lifecycle.
UPM continuously increases the use of renewable and low emission energy to replace fossil fuels in its operations. We are also a significant producer of biomass-based electricity in Europe.
Our 2030 commitment is to create clever climate solutions and work towards carbon neutrality.
water we use is circulated several times in the production process. Only a small portion of this water leaves the process as effluent.
Our most water-intensive production plants are in areas where there is plenty of water available. In Finland, all fresh water we need comes from natural water courses, i.e. from lakes and rivers.
UPM aims to use only recycled nutrients in effluent treatment by 2030.
“Future developments will lead to biomass and bio-based materials becoming an essential part of the circular economy and new circular innovations,” says Joss Blériot, Executive Officer of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Efficient use of renewable wood is at the core of our business. It means that we
reuse or recycle most of our production waste. It is utilised either as raw material or in energy production.
Wood-based residues, such as bark, sawdust and woodchips, are, for example, used for pulp and energy generation. Reusing waste or residues in innovative products is also a way to ensure the competitiveness of UPM’s business.
We have a goal of becoming a Zero Solid Waste to Landfill company globally by 2030. This means that UPM will not deposit any waste in landfill sites or incinerate waste without energy recovery. The Zero Solid Waste initiative develops smart and sustainable solutions, in which excess materials circulate and generate value.
UPM Kaukas is a frontrunner in the circular economy: The mill site makes efficient use of wood-based raw materials and converts residues into goods with economic value.