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Dow, UPM Biofuels Partner on Bio-Based Plastics (Ind. Report)
Dow Chemical, UPM Biofuel
Date: 2019-09-25
Chemicals giant Dow Chemical Company rports it is partnering with advanced biofuels producer UPM Biofuels for the commercialization of a plastics offering for the packaging industry made from a bio-based renewable feedstock.

Dow is integrating wood-based UPM BioVerno renewable naphtha -- a key raw material used to develop plastics -- into its slate of raw materials, creating an alternative source for plastics production. Dow is using this feedstock to produce bio-based polyethylene (PE) at its production facility in Terneuzen, The Netherlands, for use in food and other packaging applications.

Following a successful year-long trial program, Dow is now planning to scale production and address the increasing global demand for renewable plastics.

UPM BioVerno naphtha is produced at UPM's biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland, from crude tall oil, which is a residue of paper pulp production. (Source: Dow Chemical Co., PR, 24 Sept., 2019)Contact: Dow CHemicals, www.dow.com; UPM Biofuels, Sari Mannonen, VP . +358 45 265 1345, sari.mannonen@upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com, www.upm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM BioVerno,  UPM Biofuel,  Dow Chemical,  Woody Biomass,  


UPM Raflatac Touts Wood-Based Polypropylene Film (New Prod & Tech)
UPM Biofuels
Date: 2019-08-28
Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel producer UPM Biofuels is touting "Forest Film", new product developed with UPM BioVerno naphtha, a 100 pct wood-based solution originating from sustainably managed forests.

The new product replaces traditional fossil-based virgin materials and offers an efficient way to reach sustainability goals without compromising on product performance, according to a release.

At UPM Raflatac, UPM Biofuels converts woody biomass pulp pulp production residue into renewable naphtha, a drop-in raw material for the chemical industry. (Source: UPM Raflatac, UPM Biofuels, Labels & Labeling, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: UPM Raflatac, +44 1723 583661, www.upmraflatac.com; UPM Biofuels, Panu Routasalo, +358 45 265 1345, sari.mannonen@upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com, www.upm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuels ,  


UPM Touts BioVerno Diesel to Cut Emissions (Int'l. Report)
UPM,VTT Technical Research Centre
Date: 2019-03-08
(UPM, Helsinki, 7 March 2019 at 10.00 EET) - In Finland, Helsinki headquartered renewable diesel producer UPM is reporting recent off-road vehicle tests at the VTT Technical Research Centre confirm that renewable UPM BioVerno diesel reduces tailpipe emissions. Both the nitrogen oxide and particle emissions were around 10 pct less when compared to a fossil reference fuel.

High quality sustainable biofuels are a cost-efficient alternative to help reduce traffic emissions and they can be adopted without any changes to vehicles. UPM Biofuels participates in Bio100, a four-year project co-ordinated by VTT with the goal of increasing the share of biofuels used in combustion engines in Helsinki area to at least 50 pct by 2017 and to 70-90 pct by the end of 2019, according to the UPM release. (Source: UPM, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Sari Mannonen, VP . +358 45 265 1345, sari.mannonen@upm.com, ]www.upmbiofuels.com, www.upm.com; VTT Technical Research Centre, Nils-Olof Nylund, +358 400 703 715, nils.olof.nylund@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  VTT Technical Research Centre,  UPM,  


UPM Proposed Biorefinery Env. Impact Assessment Favorable (Int;l)
UPM
Date: 2018-10-05
In Helsinki, renewable diesel producer UPM is reporting the Environmental Impact Assessment of its proposed Kotka Biorefinery has been completed and passed to the authorities for their final conclusions.

The assesment found the UPM Kotka Biorefinery to be feasible and that it would have substantial positive impacts such as increasing utilization of wastes and residues as well as decreases in greenhouse gas emissions.

When fully operational, the UPM Kotka Biorefinery would produce approximately 500,000 tpy of advanced biofuels from sustainable raw materials for use in road, marine and aviation transportation. (Source: UPM Kymmene Corporation, PR, 4 Oct., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels Development, Petri Kukkonen, VP, +358 40 592 7440, petri.kukkonen@upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com, www.upm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  UPM,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  


UN Global Compact Lauds UPM for Sustainability (Int'l Report)
UPM
Date: 2018-09-24
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel producer UPM Biofuels has been recognized by the United Nations for its commitment to the UN Global Compact LEAD -- "the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative." The company is one of only 34 to be recognized for its commitment to corporate sustainability. (Source: UN Global Compact, UPM, Biofuels Int'l, 24 Sept., 2018)Contact: UN Global Compact, www.unglobalcompact.org; UPM, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM,  renewable diesel,  


UPM Biofuels Touts Wood-Based Bioplastic Coating (New Prod & Tech)
UPM Biofuels
Date: 2018-03-21
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel producer UPM Biofuels reports its Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces renewable naphtha that can be processed into renewable resins for the production of bioplastics, e.g. for the packaging industry, according to a company press release.

The release adds that Norwegian packaging manufacturer Elopak, which supplies 15 billion cartons per year worldwide, has joined forces with UPM Biofuels and Dow to offer 100 pct recyclable and responsibly sourced 100 pct wood-based cartons. (Source: UPM Biofuels,Lesprom, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuels,  Bioplastic,  


UPM Considers New Finnish Woody Biomass Biofuel Plant (Int'l)
UPM
Date: 2018-02-07
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered pulp and paper maker UPM reports it is considering construction of a new renewable fuel -- biofuel plant in Kotka, southern Finland. The proposed plant would produce approximately 500,000 tpy of advanced biofuels for the transport sector. Details of possible construction and plant startup dates have not been annoinced.

In 2017, UPM began evaluating the potential of building a smaller biorefinery in Germany to convert woody biomass into materials that can be used in textiles, bottles, composites and plastics. (Source: UPM, Various Media, Reuters, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM,  Biofuel,  UPM Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


UPM Biofuels, ZERO Collaboration Promoting Bio-economy (Int'l)
UPM Biofuels,Zero Emission Resource Organisation
Date: 2018-01-24
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels and the Oslo, Norway-based Zero Emission Resource Organization (ZER$O) report they are collaborating to promote green transportation, biochemicals, sustainable bioproducts and a predictable long term operating environment for sustainable, advanced biofuels to enable climate change mitigation in transport with renewable fuels.

ZERO is a Norwegian environmental organization that focuses on greenhouse gas reduction through promotion of new technologies enabling emission-free energy solutions without harming the environment. ZERO is an independent, environmental foundation that believes that climate is the most important environmental issue, and is working to drive zero-emission solutions and investment in emissions-solving solutions. ZERO's mission is to ensure a practical and fastest possible transition from climate-detrimental activity to emission-free solutions, according to ZERO's website.

UPM is committed to growing its sustainable product offering for various sectors and therefore engages with civil society to promote the change towards environmental friendly bioeconomy, according to the company website. (Source: UPM, Energy Efficiency, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com; ZERO, Maiju Helin, Head of Sustainability and Market Development, +47 92 29 62 00, zero@zero.no, www.zero.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuels,  Zero Emission Resource Organisation ,  


UPM Biofuels Scores RSB Sustainability Certification for Carinata Biofuel Feedstock (Int'l, Ind. Report)
UPM Biofuel,Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
Date: 2018-01-15
Helsinki, Finland-headquartered UPM Biofuels is reporting receipt of a sustainability certificate from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) for the cultivation of Brassica carinata (Carinata) as an oilseed crop specially designed for sustainable production of biofuels.

The RSB certification in biofuel feedstock production complements UPM Biofuels' existing sustainability certifications like International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) and RSB certifications for its UPM BioVerno biofuel production.

RSB is one of the European Commission's approved voluntary schemes used to show compliance with the EU Renewable Energy Directive's sustainability criteria. In addition to EU RED criteria, the sustainability of biofuels is evaluated against 12 principles which have been approved by a wide variety of stakeholders, including NGOs and UN agencies. (Source: UPM Kymmene Corporation, NASDAQ, PR, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: RSP, Rolf Hogan, Exec. Dir., rolf.hogan@rsb.org, www.rsb.org; UPM Biofuels Development, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials news,  UPM news,  Carinata news,  Biofuel news,  Biofuel Feedstochk news,  


UPM Biofuels Finalist for Platts Global Energy Awards (Ind. Report)
UPM Biofuels
Date: 2017-09-29
In Helsinki, UPM Biofuels reports it is one of six finalists for the Industry Leadership category in Bioenergy at the 2017 Platts Global Energy Awards. UPM is nominated for its wood-based low emission advanced UPM BioVerno biofuels, and its one-of-a-kind commercial scale biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland.

The Bioenergy Industry Leader Award recognizes a recent innovation in bioenergy that is market competitive, ecologically sound and minimizes undesirable environmental impacts. The nominees must be producing or enhancing the application of bioenergy solutions. The judging criteria include challenges, financial results, innovation, leadership and operational excellence. (Source: UPM Kymmene Corp., PR, September 27, 2017) Contact: Platts Global Energy Award, http://geaweb.platts.com; UPM Biofuels, Sari Mannonen, VP, +358 45 265 1345, ww.upm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


Agrisoma, UPM Ink Carinata Oil Seed Supply Agreement (Int'l)
Agrisoma Biosciences
Date: 2017-07-26
Gatineau, Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. and Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels report the signing of a long-term supply agreement that will expand Carinata oil seed for biofuels production in South America. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will grow Carinata oilseed crops with third-party farmers in Uruguay and Brazil.

Agrisoma Biosciences created Carinata oilseed specifically for sustainable low-carbon aviation biofuel production and for the production of nutritious protein for animal feed. (Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., PR, 24 July, 2017) Contact: UPM Biofuels, +358 45 265 1345, www.upm.com; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences,  Carinata,  UPM,  


UPM's Straw Ethanol Plants Left Blowing in the Wind (Int'l)
UPM
Date: 2017-07-19
The future of Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels' proposed straw bioethanol plants in Myllykoski and Savonlinna in southeast Finland appears to be in doubt with the reported failure of an un-named Shenzen-based Chinese investor to supply €200 million of agreed upon funding.

The Chinese investor was supposed to sign the financing agreement in March this year so that the facilities could begin production in June 2019. The Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy previously awarded €30 million in grant funding to the planned bioethanol plants in an arrangement that is valid until the end of July. (Source: UPM Biofuels, Kouvolan Sanomat, Yle, 17 July, 2017)Contact: UPM Biofuels, +358 45 265 1345, www.upm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM,  Bioethanol,  Straw Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


UPM Biofuels Wood-based Liquid Biofuels RSB Certified (Int'l)
UPM Biofuels
Date: 2017-05-29
Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels reports it has received a new acknowledgement of the sustainability of its value chain by receiving an RSB (The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) certificate for both UPM BioVerno renewable diesel and naphtha, as well as production side streams turpentine and pitch.

RSB verifies the sustainability and reliability of feedstock sourcing and production and certifies the sustainability of biofuels evaluated against 12 principles which have been approved by many stakeholders, including NGOs and UN agencies. In addition to the greenhouse gas savings compared to fossil fuels, the RSB principles cover biodiversity, human rights and environmental and social responsibility throughout the value chain.RSB is one of the European Commission's approved voluntary schemes, which can be used to show compliance with the EU Renewable Energy Directive's sustainability criteria. RSB certification can also be used to verify the sustainability of biomaterials for non-energy applications.

UPM Biofuels uses crude tall oil, a residue from pulp production, to produce both biofuels and biomaterials in its 120 million lpy biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland. (Source: UPM, PR, 29 May, 2017) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Maiju Helin, Senior Manager, Safety, Sustainability and Quality, +358 50 325 6046, maiju.helin@upm.com Sari Mannonen, UPM Biofuels, +358 45 265 1345, www.upm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuels news,  Biofuels news,  Tall Oil news,  


UPM Biofuels Joins below50 Sustainable Fuels Coalition (Ind. Report)
UPM Biofuels
Date: 2016-11-18
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels reports it has joined the below50 coalition to promote sustainable fuels that can achieve significant carbon reductions and scale up their development and use.

Any company which produces, uses or invests in fuels that are at least 50 pct less carbon intensive than conventional fossil fuels can join below50. Companies must publicly commit to the campaign, show evidence that supports their claim, and disclose their progress towards achieving this goal.

Below50, which was launch in June, brings together forward-thinking businesses including Audi, Dupont, Novozymes and others with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development , Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials, and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). (Source: UPM Biofuels, UPM Kymmene Corporation, 15 Nov., 2016) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Sari Mannonen, VP, +358 45 265 1345, www.upmbiofuels.com, www.upm.com; Below50 Coalition, www.below50.org; Sustainable Energy for All, www.se4all.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable Fuel,  Low Carbon Fuel,  UPM Biofuels,  Sustainable Energy for All ,  

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