January 14, 2015

First wood-based biofuel plant starts production

The diesel is produced out of a residue of pulp production.
The diesel is produced out of a residue of pulp production.
Tuomas Uusheimo / UPM

The world’s first wood-based renewable diesel biorefinery has started commercial production in Lappeenranta, Finland.

UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces approximately 120 million litres of renewable UPM BioVerno diesel a year.

The diesel is produced out of crude tall oil, a residue of pulp production. Much of the raw material come from forest product company UPM’s own pulp mills in Finland.

UPM BioVerno renewable diesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 80 per cent compared to traditional diesel. The fuel works with all diesel motors just as well as any regular diesel.  

The startup phase of the biorefinery began in early autumn

“We are happy to move forward from the start-up phase and be able to concentrate on regular production process,” says Petri Kukkonen, head of UPM Biofuels business. 

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