Eco-efficient production processes

Our Biofore strategy is based on using renewable and recyclable raw materials in a sustainable way. This means consuming resources such as raw materials, water and energy, in a prudent and responsible way while achieving energy, production and cost efficiency.

​Biofore is more with less

UPM products are produced in a way that less water and energy is used and waste generated – and thereby giving our products more economic and environmental value.

Resource efficiency encompasses various areas, such as:

  • Using natural resources as efficiently and productively as possible – creating more with less
  • Moving from the use of non-renewable resources to using renewable resources

  • Taking environmental aspects into consideration early in the product design phase
  • Reducing the environmental footprints of products
  • Increasing the recyclability of products and raw materials
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 The UPM material balance sums up the total material, energy and emission flows to and from UPM units worldwide. 

For the specific data for pulp and paper mills, please refer to the EMAS statements published by all UPM mills:

Lighter papers, thinner labels and faces

Innovation plays a key role when we develop products that provide resource-efficient alternatives for the future. With elements of ecodesign built into the entire product development process, UPM’s new products find innovative ways to replace non-renewable materials with renewable, recyclable and low-impact alternatives.

As well as typical paper grammages, UPM’s paper product portfolio also includes lighter grades developed especially to help customers reduce their environmental impact and distribution costs.

UPM Raflatac has developed a new range of thin liners and faces to deliver more added value and efficiency to the labelling chain. The new thinner liners and faces not only help customers cut costs but they also help them to save on materials, storage space and the environment.

Thinner labels are a step towards the future

An environmentally conscious egg producer has chosen the new label material from UPM Raflatac for their egg cartons. Although the label is thinner, the material delivers an increased quality of print.

Resource efficiency is key

Among tough competition, success comes to companies who are able to leverage raw materials, energy and water efficiently, says UPM’s President and CEO Jussi Pesonen.

High-quality composite modernising decks

UPM ProFi decking boards, which have the appearance of hardwood or stone, expand the professional toolkit of garden designers and landscape architects.

From wood to wheels

The biofuel is based on UPM’s own innovations; it is derived from crude tall oil, a residue of pulp production. Because of its significant environmental benefits, UPM BioVerno is a responsible choice.

​Minimising waste, maximising reuse

UPM's goal is to minimise waste and maximise reuse. We do this by reusing or recycling virtually all production waste.

Recycling allows UPM to maximise the lifecycle of biomass and manufacture products in an eco-efficient manner. Eco-efficiency goes hand-in-hand with production efficiency and creates cost savings, minimises losses and thus reduces emissions and waste.

For example, efficient processes in papermaking result in smaller fibre and pigment losses, better effluent treatment efficiency and less landfill waste. The water circulation of a paper machine is controlled, meaning that the water is circulated multiple times during the process.

One good example of reusing waste and finding an alternative to landfill sites is UPM’s wood plastic composite, UPM ProFi.

Renewable biofuels

UPM aims to become a major player in the production of second generation biodiesel and a significant producer of renewable and high quality biofuels in the next few years.

May 23, 2017

UPM Kaukas leads the way in promoting the circular economy

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.

Feb 23, 2017

Aiming for an even more efficient paper mill

UPM is seeking technological advances through research and development. The More with Biofore in China programme seeks to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of mills through new technologies. UPM Changshu paper mill is a pilot in a 2-3-year research programme to improve the energy and water efficiency at the mill.