The shape of the future is circular

We see the circular economy as a way to build a prosperous, sustainable future for both society and business.


How do we see circular economy?

The circular economy addresses two key global challenges of our time: climate change and the growing scarcity of natural resources. In a circular economy, waste is minimised and renewable resources are used in a sustainable, efficient way.

UPM’s circular approach boils down to three words: More with Biofore. We reuse or recycle virtually all our production waste. We recycle materials and products several times, and we create added value through smart solutions.

Our goal is to minimise waste and maximise reuse. Industrial biotechnology, 3D printing and efficient energy technologies offer us tools to create innovative products and solutions. We do all this to generate economic, social and environmental value for our stakeholders and society.

This is exactly how UPM has operated for many years. We see the circular economy as the cornerstone of a sustainable future.


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From trash to treasure

Efficient use of renewable wood is at the core of our business. This means that we reuse or recycle most of our production waste. It is utilised either as raw material or in energy production. Reusing waste or residues in innovative products is also a way of improving our competitiveness.

We aim to become a Zero Solid Waste to Landfill company globally by 2030. This means that in the future, we will not deposit any waste at landfill sites or incinerate waste without energy recovery. The Zero Solid Waste initiative develops smart and sustainable solutions through which excess materials can be circulated to generate value.

production waste reused or recycled
of nutrients used in our waste water treatment plants come from recycled sources

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