(UPM, Helsinki, 09. February 2010 at 14:00 EET) – UPM is committed to an innovative research partnership as part of the Baltic Sea Action Summit. The project involves the use of charcoal mixed with soil to remove impurities from nutrient-rich water running from agricultural lands into the Baltic Sea.
"UPM's corporate responsibility defines minimal waste to landfill and efficient re-use as well as sustainable use of water resources as key responsibility areas. Finding new and innovative solutions to use industry's side products and at the same time finding new ways to safeguard the Baltic Sea is very much in line with our responsibility programme ", says Marko Janhunen, Director of Corporate Responsibility.
Recent international research on use of biochar as soil conditioner points out several potential benefits to be achieved. Development of biochar-recycling products for agricultural use offers, therefore, an important technological option.
This state-of-art research investigates the feasibility of using charcoal mixed with soil as a natural filter. The two-year research programme will be carried out together with the University of Lappeenranta and University of Helsinki and preliminary results are expected by the end of the year.
UPM confirms its responsible water use by joining to UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate
UPM has also joined the United Nations Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate to confirm its commitment to responsible use of water resources in all its operations.
UPM's commitment not only covers water reduction, but also minimising the impact of its operations on local water resources and safeguarding natural watercourses in its forests.
"Water is one of the key resources used in pulp and paper production. As the Biofore Company, UPM wants to be an industry leader in responsible water management. We have already decreased water use per tonne of paper by 40% in the last 10 years", comments Marko Janhunen.
UPM publishes data for its pulp and paper mills' environmental performance in the company's Annual Report. Company-wide and mill specific data can also be found at www.upm-kymmene.com.
For more information, please contact
Marko Janhunen, Director, Corporate Responsibility, UPM + 358 20415 0572
UPM, Corporate Communications
Media Desk, tel. +358 40 588 3284
UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. 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 23,000 people and it has production facilities in 15 countries. In 2009, UPM's sales amounted to EUR 7.7 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange.
UPM – The Biofore Company – www.upm-kymmene.com
Baltic Sea Action Summit
The Baltic Sea Action Summit will convene in Helsinki on February 10th, 2010. Its essential idea is to provide a platform for arriving at practical commitments to save the Baltic Sea. All Baltic Sea Action Summit invitees - leaders representing the business community, governments, NGOs and philanthropy - will make their own commitment to action. Marko Janhunen, UPM's Director of Corporate Responsibility, will participate into the Summit.
UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate
UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate is a public-private initiative designed to assist companies in the development, implementation and disclosure of water sustainability policies and practices. UPM has been a member of the UN Global Compact since 2003, and signed the CEO Water Mandate in January 2010.