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UPM building a future without fossil fuels

 Tuesday, November 22, 2022

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UPM Biochemicals’ biorefinery in Leuna in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, took a step closer to building a world without fossil fuels with the arrival of the first shipment of wood from locally managed forests. The wood serves as a symbolic first step as well as a crucial practical one, allowing UPM Biochemicals to start testing its wood handling and processing operations. In addition, it can now build dependable supply chains and procedures for upcoming wood-sourcing activities and logistics networks. Finally, this incident highlights the overall site improvement accomplished and the maturing commercial platform of the company.

Responsibly sourced biochemicals

With the arrival of the first shipment of wood from locally managed forests, UPM Biochemicals’ biorefinery in Leuna in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, took a step closer to building a world without fossil fuels. The wood serves as a symbolic first step as well as a crucial practical one, allowing UPM Biochemicals to start testing its wood handling and processing operations. In addition, it can now build dependable supply chains and procedures for upcoming wood-sourcing activities and logistics networks. Finally, this incident highlights the overall site improvement accomplished and the maturing commercial platform of the company.

Holger Koth, Head of Saxony-Anhalt State Forest Service’s south division, said: “Today is a historic milestone. We are supplying the first sustainably sourced, certified beechwood from forests in the region to UPM Biochemicals. The biorefinery’s responsible use of regional beechwood will enable forest businesses and foresters to tap into a new, sustainable end-use in the future. We ensure sustainable harvesting practices supporting the preservation of forest ecosystem services, such as biodiversity and carbon capture. This responsible economic use of the hardwood is good news for the forest, the economy and the planet.”

Michael Duetsch, Vice President UPM Biochemicals mentions that bioeconomy demands a future beyond fossils. The carbon footprint of UPM’s biochemicals, which are produced from hardwood that has been procured responsibly, is far lower than that of its fossil-based counterparts. The supplies made today from local forests are a significant step toward the refinery’s anticipated commissioning and start-up early next year. And they demonstrate an unwavering commitment to sustainability, which extends from where the brand gets their timber to how they operate and the effects of their goods.

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