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News Article | May 17, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

(UPM, Helsinki, 17 May 2017 at 09:00 EET) - UPM and the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) announce a global strategic partnership to develop solutions for advancing the uptake of FSC in the market. UPM and FSC signed the partnership agreement on the 16th of May 2017 during the FSC international members meeting in Karkkila, Finland. The partnership aims at delivering benefits to forest owners through FSC certification and to increase the FSC-certified wood supply. UPM has actively cooperated with FSC both on international and national level for several years. The company has been involved in developing the FSC certification in order to enhance its applicability to the fragmented private forest ownership in Finland. This work will be strengthened through the newly agreed partnership. "We are delighted to formalize our collaboration with UPM. It is vitally important that FSC has a strong relationship with sustainability leaders of the paper and forest products industry to expand the FSC footprint globally. We agree on the importance of FSC for all parties in the value chain from forest owners to consumers. UPM and FSC also share a common understanding of the importance of responsible forestry and the sustainable use of wood in the bioeconomy", says Kim Carstensen, Director General, Forest Stewardship Council. "UPM's customers take a growing interest in the company's environmental performance and the sustainability of its operations. Third-party verified certificates give them useful information about the responsibility of UPM products", says Heikki Vappula, EVP, UPM Biorefining. "The global partnership is a natural continuation to UPM Biofore strategy and to our valuable cooperation with FSC. FSC certification is an excellent tool for promoting responsible forestry. Our joint target is to extend the use of the FSC system in general as well as to develop UPM forest management and solutions for group certification to expand in the Finnish private smallholder structure", Vappula continues. To promote the certification of privately owned forests in Finland, UPM established an FSC group certification scheme in 2012. In 2016, the scheme (FSC C 109750) grew to cover about 300,000 hectares of private forest. For more information, please contact: Sauli Brander, UPM, SVP, Wood Sourcing and Forestry, tel. +358 40 567 4155 Alex Dunn, FSC, Media Manager, a.dunn@fsc.org, tel. +49 228 367 6688 UPM Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,300 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company- www.upm.com FSC FSC works to take care of our forests and those who rely on them by protecting plant and animal species, Indigenous Peoples rights, forest workers' safety, and much more. This is achieved through FSC certification, ensuring forests around the world are responsibly managed. FSC was established in 1994, and currently, over 190 million hectares of forest are FSC certified, in over 80 countries worldwide. FSC's global headquarters are in Bonn, Germany, with a network of national offices in over 30 countries.


News Article | May 15, 2017
Site: www.gizmag.com

If you're going to place a robot among fish to learn about water quality, what better form for it to take than a fish itself? This line of thinking has inspired a succession of robotic fishes from scientists wanting to keep disturbances to a minimum, the latest example being a bio-inspired autonomous vehicle designed specifically to track pH levels in aquaculture settings to help keep inhabitants fit and healthy. Keeping tabs on pH levels in fish farms, where around fifty percent of the world's seafood is raised according to Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM), is important, because it offers an indication of the water's acidity and can influence other water quality factors. More acidic waters can cause stress and disease in fish, with one recent study even showing that it can throw their survival instincts out of whack and cause them to swim towards predators. Looking to provide a new tool for real-time and on-site monitoring of pH levels in these environments, robotics researchers from UPM teamed up with scientists from the University of Florence to build a fish-like underwater vehicle. The vehicle is designed to mimic a fish, and even adapt its motion in response to the water quality as a way of revealing areas with abnormal conditions. Measuring 30 cm long (12 in) not including the tail, the robot uses shape memory alloy actuators to bend a "backbone" made from 1 mm thick polycarbonate, all wrapped in a latex skin with ribs added for structural stability. When it comes to driving the robot through the water, this system takes its cues from a purpose-made sensor. Made from polyaniline film (an electrically conductive polymer) on a graphite electrode surface, this sensor monitors pH levels in the vicinity and turns those chemical messages into an electronic signal that then dictates the swimming patterns of the robot. The team carried out preliminary experiments where the pH sensor was used to control the fish's tail movement, and says that the results serve as a proof-of-concept for the bio-inspired robot as a tool for managing fish farms. "Thanks to this system that provides early information on environmental change, we can control the parameters of water quality and improve management decisions of fish farms, and consequently, the wellness of these animals," says UPM's Claudio Rossi. The team's research was published in the journal Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical.


News Article | May 18, 2017
Site: marketersmedia.com

— Global Plywood Market report covers product scope, market overview, opportunities, risk, and driving force. It analyzes the top manufacturers of Plywood, with sales, revenue, and price in 2016 and 2017. It also display the competitive situation among the top manufacturers, with sales, revenue and market share in 2016 and 2017. Companies profiled in this research report are UPM, SVEZA, Georgia-Pacific, Samkotimber, West Fraser, Greenply Industries, Boise Cascade, Rimbunan Hijau, Samling, Syktyvkar plywood mill, Plum Creek Timber Company, Swanson Group, Potlatch Corporation, Roseburg, Demidovo plywood mill, Columbia Forest Products, Penghong, Xingang, DeHua, Shengyang, Happy Group, Hunan Fuxiang, King Coconut, Fengling, Jinqiu, Luli, Guangzhou Weizheng and Ganli. Access this report at https://www.themarketreports.com/report/global-plywood-market-by-manufacturers-countries-type-and-application-forecast-to-2022 To provide the historical development this report includes global market by regions, with sales, revenue and market share of Plywood, for each region, from 2012 to 2017 and market analysis by type and application, with sales market share and growth rate by type, application, from 2012 to 2017. This report also analyze the key regions, with sales, revenue and market share by key countries in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East and Africa. Later, this report provides Plywood Market forecast, by regions, type and application, with sales and revenue, from 2017 to 2022. In addition to above this report includes Plywood sales channel, distributors, traders, dealers, and sum up with research findings and conclusion. Purchase this premium report at: https://www.themarketreports.com/report/buy-now/417615 Market Analysis by Applications • Furniture industry • Interior decoration • Engineering and construction • Others Market Analysis by Regions • North America (USA, Canada and Mexico) • Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy) • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia) • South America (Brazil, Argentina, Columbia etc.) • Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa) Inquire about this report at: https://www.themarketreports.com/report/ask-your-query/417615 For more information, please visit https://www.themarketreports.com/report/global-plywood-market-by-manufacturers-countries-type-and-application-forecast-to-2022


News Article | May 17, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

(UPM, Helsinki, 17 May 2017 at 09:00 EET) - UPM and the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) announce a global strategic partnership to develop solutions for advancing the uptake of FSC in the market. UPM and FSC signed the partnership agreement on the 16th of May 2017 during the FSC international members meeting in Karkkila, Finland. The partnership aims at delivering benefits to forest owners through FSC certification and to increase the FSC-certified wood supply. UPM has actively cooperated with FSC both on international and national level for several years. The company has been involved in developing the FSC certification in order to enhance its applicability to the fragmented private forest ownership in Finland. This work will be strengthened through the newly agreed partnership. "We are delighted to formalize our collaboration with UPM. It is vitally important that FSC has a strong relationship with sustainability leaders of the paper and forest products industry to expand the FSC footprint globally. We agree on the importance of FSC for all parties in the value chain from forest owners to consumers. UPM and FSC also share a common understanding of the importance of responsible forestry and the sustainable use of wood in the bioeconomy", says Kim Carstensen, Director General, Forest Stewardship Council. "UPM's customers take a growing interest in the company's environmental performance and the sustainability of its operations. Third-party verified certificates give them useful information about the responsibility of UPM products", says Heikki Vappula, EVP, UPM Biorefining. "The global partnership is a natural continuation to UPM Biofore strategy and to our valuable cooperation with FSC. FSC certification is an excellent tool for promoting responsible forestry. Our joint target is to extend the use of the FSC system in general as well as to develop UPM forest management and solutions for group certification to expand in the Finnish private smallholder structure", Vappula continues. To promote the certification of privately owned forests in Finland, UPM established an FSC group certification scheme in 2012. In 2016, the scheme (FSC C 109750) grew to cover about 300,000 hectares of private forest. For more information, please contact: Sauli Brander, UPM, SVP, Wood Sourcing and Forestry, tel. +358 40 567 4155 Alex Dunn, FSC, Media Manager, a.dunn@fsc.org, tel. +49 228 367 6688 UPM Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,300 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company- www.upm.com FSC FSC works to take care of our forests and those who rely on them by protecting plant and animal species, Indigenous Peoples rights, forest workers' safety, and much more. This is achieved through FSC certification, ensuring forests around the world are responsibly managed. FSC was established in 1994, and currently, over 190 million hectares of forest are FSC certified, in over 80 countries worldwide. FSC's global headquarters are in Bonn, Germany, with a network of national offices in over 30 countries.


News Article | May 17, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

"Kansainvälinen kumppanuus on luonteva jatko UPM:n Biofore-strategialle ja yhteistyöllemme FSC:n kanssa. FSC-sertifiointi on erinomainen tapa edistää vastuullista metsätaloutta. Yhteinen tavoitteemme on laajentaa metsien FSC-sertifiointia sekä kehittää UPM:n metsätaloutta ja ryhmäsertifiointiratkaisuja palvelemaan suomalaisia pienmetsänomistajia", Vappula jatkaa. UPM uudistaa bio- ja metsäteollisuutta. Rakennamme kestävää tulevaisuutta kuudella liiketoiminta-alueella: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA ja UPM Plywood. Tuotteemme valmistetaan uusiutuvista raaka-aineista ja ne ovat kierrätettäviä. Palvelemme asiakkaitamme maailmanlaajuisesti. Yhtiössämme työskentelee noin 19 300 henkilöä ja vuosittainen liikevaihtomme on noin 10 miljardia euroa. UPM:n osakkeet on listattu Helsingin pörssissä. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.fi FSC eli Forest Stewardship Council® (Hyvän metsänhoidon neuvosto) on kansainvälinen, voittoa tavoittelematon ja avoin jäsenjärjestö, joka on sitoutunut sertifioinnin kautta edistämään vastuullista metsien käyttöä. FSC perustettiin vuonna 1994. FSC-sertifioitua metsämaata on yhteensä yli 190 miljoonaa hehtaaria yli 80 maassa. Suomessa FSC-sertifioituja hehtaareita on noin 1,5 miljoonaa hehtaaria. FSC:n keskustoimisto sijaitsee Bonnissa, Saksassa. FSC-verkostoon kuuluu yli 30 kansallista toimistoa. www.fi.fsc.org


It is a true rarity in the pharmaceutical industry that significant modern production would occur at one site for 100 years. During that time, operations have expanded from a small facility footprint of less than 10,000 square feet and only two small buildings, to a modern campus of over 475,000 square feet and additional warehouse and distribution space of almost 250,000 square feet.  James E. Gregory, CEO of UPM said, "We are proud of the legacy of the Bristol, Tennessee site in the history of the pharmaceutical industry. The success of the products and the growth of the capabilities of the site stand as testimony to the many outstanding employees who have worked here over the past century." UPM Pharmaceuticals, Inc. originated as a drug formulation and cGMP laboratory within the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, a recognized leader in industrial pharmaceutical innovation and education. Today UPM offers a full breadth of capabilities from early research and development to clinical trial material manufacturing and commercial scale product supply.  It is also DEA approved to handle CII-CV manufacturing.  The Bristol site has several low humidity manufacturing suites and the ability to handle potent compounds in dedicated suites. James E. Gregory commented, "We remain vigilant in our commitment to our history, our entrepreneurial passion, family values and a strong quality and compliance culture. Our last FDA audit was in October of 2016.  It was a general GMP inspection of all systems and a preapproval inspection of a product that our R&D team developed. No 483's were issued and approval of the site to manufacture the product was recommended. Obviously, we were quite proud of this result. We also have yearly DEA Inspections given our capabilities to handle controlled substance products and have had no notice of violations or 'for cause' investigations. UPM is fully committed to quality and manufacturing innovations to assure the timely supply of needed medicines." A new, proactive approach to quality was adopted at UPM in 2016 that is client-focused and includes implementation of manufacturing quality assurance (MQA), the use of metrics to evaluate performance and realignment of its laboratory functions to increase both efficiency and responsiveness. Together these changes add up to the accelerated delivery of high-quality products. UPM has hired additional quality experts to ensure that this new approach is successful, and added quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) staff. UPM Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is an independent drug development and contract manufacturer serving the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. We provide high quality drug development services including custom formulation development, cGMP clinical and commercial manufacturing, analytical methods services, and stability testing. UPM's clients enjoy service that is customized and fast with total quality management characteristics of a customer focused business. Our history includes successful collaborative interactions with small virtual and large billion dollar companies providing customized product development services and solutions. UPM focuses on drug development for dosages with oral routes of administration, in solid dosage forms such as capsules and tablets, and semi-solid creams and ointments. Our 475,000 square foot commercial manufacturing facility based in Bristol, Tennessee allows us to serve our clients' needs from early stage development to large scale commercial production. For more information:    Mary Lee Schiesz   Manager of Marketing   Email: mschiesz@upm-inc.com   Phone: +1 (423) 989-7057 To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/upm-pharmaceuticals-celebrates-commitment-to-quality-on-100-year-anniversary-of-its-bristol-manufacturing-site-300457152.html


(UPM, Helsinki, 29 May 2017 at 14:00 EET) - UPM Biofuels has again 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 sidestreams turpentine and pitch. RSB verifies the sustainability and reliability of feedstock sourcing and production. In RSB certification, the sustainability of biofuels is 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 Biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland. "The RSB is proud to count UPM among the visionary biofuel producers that are RSB certified. Using residues, like those from pulp and paper production, to produce energy helps to build a new world free of fossil fuels with minimal impact on nature and food production. This is the first certification of biofuel produced from wood-based feedstocks and RSB looks forward to working with UPM to promote this innovative solution for the bioeconomy," comments Rolf Hogan, Executive Director of RSB. UPM's Risto Kotilainen (left) and Maria Puustinen (right) present UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery to Glenn Feryn, Leader auditor from Control Union Certifications, Belgium. UPM Biofuels has previously received sustainability certificates under the Finnish National Sustainability Scheme, ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) schemes. "RSB certification is a valuable addition to our current sustainability certifications and we see that it can lead to great new collaborations with RSB certified end users. RSB and ISCC are both considered strong sustainability certification schemes and both have their own strengths. We are the only biofuel producer able to show compliance with both voluntary schemes together with a national scheme. This is very strong evidence of sustainability in all UPM Biofuel operations," says Maiju Helin, Head of Safety, Sustainability and Quality at UPM Biofuels. UPM's renewable fuels  known as UPM BioVerno fuels are  an innovation that reduces lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% when compared with fossil fuels. UPM BioVerno diesel, a high quality drop-in fuel, also reduces tailpipe emissions significantly. UPM BioVerno naphtha can be used as a biocomponent in gasoline or as renewable feedstock for bio-based applications, such as bioplastics. UPM's renewable fuels are produced from a residue of UPM's own pulp production, crude tall oil, with no edible materials being used. UPM started production of its wood-based renewable fuels in the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery in January 2015. The production capacity of the biorefinery is 120 million litres of renewable fuels annually. UPM Biofuels UPM plans to become a major player in high quality, advanced biofuels for transport. Biofuels are an essential part of the Biofore strategy. The innovative wood-based biofuels developed by the company and their production technologies are part of a sustainable future. UPM's biofuels are frontrunners in quality, usability and sustainability. They will significantly decrease greenhouse gas emissions and tailpipe  emissions compared to fossil fuels. www.upmbiofuels.com UPM Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper Europe and North America and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,600 people and annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.com RSB The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is a global, multi stakeholder independent organisation that drives the development of a new world bioeconomy through sustainability solutions, certification, innovation, and collaborative partnerships. It provides tools and solutions that mitigate business risk and contribute to achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals - and RSB has the world's most trusted, peer-reviewed, global certification standard for sustainable biomaterials, biofuels and biomass production. www.rsb.org


(UPM, Helsinki, 29.05.2017 klo 14.00 EET) - UPM Biopolttoaineet on saanut jälleen uuden tunnustuksen tuotteidensa arvoketjun kestävyydestä. UPM:lle on toukokuussa ensi kertaa myönnetty RSB-sertifikaatti (RSB = Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials), joka kattaa UPM BioVerno uusiutuvan dieselin ja naftan sekä prosessin sivuvirtojen, tärpätin ja pien, tuotannon. RSB todentaa raaka-aineen hankintaketjun sekä tuotannon kestävyyden ja luotettavuuden. "RSB on ylpeä voidessaan sertifioida UPM:n yhdeksi visionääristä biopolttoainetuottajista, joilla on RSB-sertifikaatti. Energian tuotanto tähteistä, joita saadaan esimerkiksi sellun- ja paperinvalmistuksesta, auttaa rakentamaan uutta, fossiilisista polttoaineista vapaata maailmaa, minimoiden vaikutukset luontoon ja ruuan tuotantoon. Tämä on ensimmäinen puupohjaisten polttoaineiden sertifiointi ja RSB odottaa innolla, että pääsee yhteistyössä UPM:n kanssa  jakamaan tietoa tästä innovatiivisesta biotalouden ratkaisusta", kommentoi RSB:n toiminnanjohtaja Rolf Hogan. "RSB-sertifiointi on arvokas lisä olemassa oleviin kestävyyssertifiointeihimme ja uskomme, että se tuo hienoja yhteistyömahdollisuuksia RSB-sertifioitujen loppukäyttäjien kanssa. RSB ja ISCC ovat molemmat arvostettuja sertifiointijärjestelmiä ja niillä on omat vahvuutensa. Olemme ainoa biopolttoainetuottaja, joka on sertifioitu kansallisen sertifikaatin lisäksi näillä molemmilla vapaaehtoisilla järjestelmillä. Tämä on erittäin vahva osoitus kaikkien UPM Biopolttoaineiden toimintojen kestävyydestä", sanoo turvallisuudesta, kestävyydestä ja laadusta UPM Biopolttoaineissa vastaava Maiju Helin. UPM uudistaa bio- ja metsäteollisuutta. Rakennamme kestävää tulevaisuutta kuudella liiketoiminta-alueella: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper Europe and North America ja UPM Plywood. Tuotteemme valmistetaan uusiutuvista raaka-aineista ja ne ovat kierrätettäviä. Palvelemme asiakkaitamme maailmanlaajuisesti. Yhtiössämme työskentelee noin 19 600 henkilöä ja vuosittainen liikevaihtomme on noin 10 miljardia euroa. UPM:n osakkeet on listattu Helsingin pörssissä. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.fi RSB (The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) on gloaali, monia eri sidosryhmiä yhdistävä riippumaton järjestö. Se pyrkii edistämään uuden biotalouden kehitystä maailmanlaajuisesti kestävyyteen liittyvien ratkaisujen, sertifioinnin, innovaation ja yhteistyökumppanuuksien avulla. RSB tarjoaa työkaluja ja ratkaisuja, jotka pienentävät liiketoiminnan riskejä ja edesauttavat YK:n kestävän kehityksen tavoitteiden toteutumista. RSB on maailman luotetuin vertaisarvioitu globaali sertifiointistandardi kestäville biomateriaaleille, biopolttoaineille ja biomassan tuotannolle. www.rsb.org


News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: www.sciencedaily.com

Researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a model to optimize the decision making of airlines against their competitors. A team of researchers from two Spanish universities, UPM and URJC, in collaboration with MIT researchers has developed a mathematical model that assesses the competition between airlines, both legacy and low-cost airlines, and high-speed trains. This new approach is able to estimate the modal distribution of passenger demand, optimize fleet assignment and generate flight schedule. This math tool provides valuable and useful information that will help airlines to efficiently face the competition of high-speed trains. Airlines and high-speed trains are increasingly competing for passengers, especially in Europe and Asia. High-speed trains usually compete by providing similar or even greater service frequency and better connectivity to city centers. Besides, HST is often perceived as the safer and more comfortable mode, this situation generates a redistribution of passengers between aerial and railway alternatives. Thus, a group of researchers, including the Professor Ángel Martín from School of Aeronautics and Space Engineering, gathered to study the impact of the uncertainty on regular aerial transport. In this way, researchers have developed a competition model −considering the multimodal competition between aerial transport and high-speed trains and the aerial competition between legacy companies and low-cost companies− that uses a nested logit model that captures the impacts of the decisions taken by aerial companies on passenger demand. At the core of this modeling approach is an integrated schedule optimization model that includes frequency planning, approximate timetable development, fleet assignment, and passenger demand choice. The computational results were carried out on realistic problem instances of the Spanish airline IBERIA and show that the actual airline schedules are found to be reasonably close to the schedules generated by our approach. Researchers also used this optimization modeling approach under multimodal competition to evaluate multiple scenarios involving entry of high speed rail into new markets, taking into account the possibility of demand stimulation as a result of the new services. This model was validated by using data from markets that had an entry by high speed rail in the past. The validation results show a close match between the predicted and the observed solutions. In addition this model can predict the impacts of future entry by high speed rail on new markets. Consequently, the proposed modeling framework is attractive from the perspective of the airline operators. It allows them to plan better for the impending HST entry by fine-tuning schedules, fleets, and fares. According to Ángel Martín, a researcher involved in this study, "The framework can facilitate careful evaluation of various scenarios (such as competitor actions, fleet changes, fare changes, etc.) allowing the airline to be better prepared to adapt to the changing competitive environment." This research was carried out within the framework of the project "Robustness, efficiency and recovery of public transport systems," TRA2014-52530-C3-1-P research project of Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.


(UPM, Helsinki, 29.05.2017 klo 14.00 EET) - UPM Biopolttoaineet on saanut jälleen uuden tunnustuksen tuotteidensa arvoketjun kestävyydestä. UPM:lle on toukokuussa ensi kertaa myönnetty RSB-sertifikaatti (RSB = Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials), joka kattaa UPM BioVerno uusiutuvan dieselin ja naftan sekä prosessin sivuvirtojen, tärpätin ja pien, tuotannon. RSB todentaa raaka-aineen hankintaketjun sekä tuotannon kestävyyden ja luotettavuuden. "RSB on ylpeä voidessaan sertifioida UPM:n yhdeksi visionääristä biopolttoainetuottajista, joilla on RSB-sertifikaatti. Energian tuotanto tähteistä, joita saadaan esimerkiksi sellun- ja paperinvalmistuksesta, auttaa rakentamaan uutta, fossiilisista polttoaineista vapaata maailmaa, minimoiden vaikutukset luontoon ja ruuan tuotantoon. Tämä on ensimmäinen puupohjaisten polttoaineiden sertifiointi ja RSB odottaa innolla, että pääsee yhteistyössä UPM:n kanssa  jakamaan tietoa tästä innovatiivisesta biotalouden ratkaisusta", kommentoi RSB:n toiminnanjohtaja Rolf Hogan. "RSB-sertifiointi on arvokas lisä olemassa oleviin kestävyyssertifiointeihimme ja uskomme, että se tuo hienoja yhteistyömahdollisuuksia RSB-sertifioitujen loppukäyttäjien kanssa. RSB ja ISCC ovat molemmat arvostettuja sertifiointijärjestelmiä ja niillä on omat vahvuutensa. Olemme ainoa biopolttoainetuottaja, joka on sertifioitu kansallisen sertifikaatin lisäksi näillä molemmilla vapaaehtoisilla järjestelmillä. Tämä on erittäin vahva osoitus kaikkien UPM Biopolttoaineiden toimintojen kestävyydestä", sanoo turvallisuudesta, kestävyydestä ja laadusta UPM Biopolttoaineissa vastaava Maiju Helin. UPM uudistaa bio- ja metsäteollisuutta. Rakennamme kestävää tulevaisuutta kuudella liiketoiminta-alueella: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper Europe and North America ja UPM Plywood. Tuotteemme valmistetaan uusiutuvista raaka-aineista ja ne ovat kierrätettäviä. Palvelemme asiakkaitamme maailmanlaajuisesti. Yhtiössämme työskentelee noin 19 600 henkilöä ja vuosittainen liikevaihtomme on noin 10 miljardia euroa. UPM:n osakkeet on listattu Helsingin pörssissä. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.fi RSB (The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) on gloaali, monia eri sidosryhmiä yhdistävä riippumaton järjestö. Se pyrkii edistämään uuden biotalouden kehitystä maailmanlaajuisesti kestävyyteen liittyvien ratkaisujen, sertifioinnin, innovaation ja yhteistyökumppanuuksien avulla. RSB tarjoaa työkaluja ja ratkaisuja, jotka pienentävät liiketoiminnan riskejä ja edesauttavat YK:n kestävän kehityksen tavoitteiden toteutumista. RSB on maailman luotetuin vertaisarvioitu globaali sertifiointistandardi kestäville biomateriaaleille, biopolttoaineille ja biomassan tuotannolle. www.rsb.org

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