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UPM Kymi integrated mill site in Finland is getting closer to zero carbon footprint

Archive 10.8.2009 0:00 EEST

(UPM, Kuusankoski, 10 August, 2009) – The first year of UPM Kymi pulp mill's new chemical recovery plant has succeeded as planned. The plant, started up in summer 2008, is top-class in terms of energy efficiency and its low airborne emissions fulfil the tight targets.

"Thanks to the new plant and by implementing energy efficient operation mode, we have a good opportunity to get very close to zero carbon footprint. This is a significant step towards carbon dioxide neutral paper making," cheers Timo Suutarla, General Manager. "A few years back the making of a single ream—500 sheets—of copy paper at Kymi produced the same amount of carbon dioxide as a few kilometres' car ride. Now the emissions have decreased even further."

The Kymi pulp mill's new chemical recovery plant, realised in 2006-2008, was the biggest investment project not only for UPM but also for the whole Finnish forest industry, employing 1,057 people at its peak. The total value of the investment measured EUR 360 million. The completion of the project made Kymi an extremely competitive integrated mill site producing pulp, energy and fine paper.

During the first year Kymi met all environmental permit limits for air emissions. Substantial improvements were reached instantly in sulphur dioxide, particle and malodorous gas emissions. The low air emissions result from a further developed evaporation and recovery boiler burning processes.

The use of fossil fuels accelerating climate change has also decreased. With the new recovery plant, the use of biomass based fuels in mill site's energy production has soared to over 90 %.

UPM aims to reduce its overall fossil carbon dioxide emissions from both direct and indirect sources. To achieve this, UPM has invested in carbon dioxide neutral biomass based fuels, improved its energy efficiency and increased the use of recycled fibre in its processes. So far, the work has resulted in a reduction of 40% of mill site carbon dioxide emissions per tonne of paper since 1990.

For more information please contact:
Timo Suutarla, General Manager, UPM Kymi, tel. +358 2041 53600
Teuvo Solismaa, Production Director, UPM Kymi, tel. +358 2041 53551

Additional information available on UPM's website at www.upm-kymmene.com > Media > Press kits > Kymi integrated mill site

UPM's vision is to be the front-runner of the new forest industry. Our competitiveness is based on cost leadership, change readiness and leading innovation. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 24,000 people and it has production facilities in 14 countries. In 2008, UPM's sales amounted to EUR 9.5 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. www.upm-kymmene.com