UPM wins Sustainable Biofuels Award for innovative production process

UPM wins Sustainable Biofuels Award for innovative production process

Nov 27, 2015
Bioenergy & biofuels

UPM won the Sustainability Award 2013 for Breakthrough Innovation in Technology in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The award was presented by the World Biofuels Markets Congress & Exhibition, which is the largest congress and exhibition focused on biofuels in Europe.

UPM Biofuels received the Sustainable Biofuels Award for developing an innovative, eco-friendly production process for an advanced renewable diesel, UPM BioVerno.

UPM BioVerno is a high-quality transport fuel produced from crude tall oil (CTO), which is a residue from the chemical pulping process. UPM BioVerno works seamlessly in modern vehicles, is fully compatible with existing fuel distribution systems, and cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent when compared to traditional fuel. The greenhouse gas reduction is calculated for the whole lifecycle, taking into account all energy used in the plant and utilities used in production. 

The fact that UPM won a major international biofuels prize before the company’s renewable diesel production process has gone live serves as a true testament to UPM’s dedication to sustainability.

“During the last few years we have made progress with remarkable R&D work and important investments for developing wood-based biofuels. UPM aims to become a major player in advanced biofuels so this recognition confirms that we have managed to make significant progress in this field,” says Petri Kukkonen, Vice President of UPM Biofuels Business.

The award was judged by an elite panel of independent industry experts who selected UPM as the winner due to the fact that the UPM BioVerno product characteristics correspond to traditional fuel while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent.

“The Sustainable Biofuels Awards recognise the tremendous innovation that is taking place in the development of truly sustainable and renewable fuels, and the key success factor of this novel drop-in fuel is sustainability.  The feedstock is wood-based, non-food origin with no indirect land use change. A truly sustainable achievement,” Event Director Claire Poole says.

Currently, UPM is building a hydrogenation biorefinery on its Kaukas paper and pulp mill site in Lappeenranta, Finland. The biorefinery will produce 100,000 tons of renewable diesel, equating to 120 million liters annually. The investment of EUR 150 million is the first industrial scale investment in this field globally. Site construction will be completed in 2014.
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