Responsibility in pulp production

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Clean and efficient production

​Well-managed pulp production is a key link in the environmental product life-cycle. This is why we invest in maintenance and process improvements to keep the environmental performance of our pulp mills at an excellent level.

Our mills use the best available technology (BAT) to ensure efficient and sustainable production of pulp, using raw materials, energy and water efficiently, as well as minimising the emissions to air and water. We have all the required management systems in place to continuously improve the production of safe, high quality pulp.

Please find our management system certificates from the Certificate Finder (Pulp). Our Environmental Product Declarations, Carbon Footprint Information and Environmental Statements can be found under Downloads on this page.

​Energy and emissions to air

​UPM is the second largest generator of biomass-based electricity in Europe. Our pulp mills are more than self-sufficient when it comes to energy supply and provide CO2-neutral electricity to Nordic and Uruguayan markets.

In 2014, we produced 21,000 GWh of energy from renewable sources of which almost all came from our pulp making process byproducts such as bark, fibre sludge and black liquor.

The majority of our airborne emissions result from energy generation. We continue to reduce these emissions by choosing non-fossil fuels and investing on new combustion and purification technology. Improvements are especially visible in sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen dioxide (NOx) emission reduction.

​Water is an essential element in pulp production

​Only a small portion of the water used in our production leaves the process as effluent and has to be replaced with fresh water.

All wastewater is treated in mechanical and biological effluent treatment plants before being released into watercourses. Emission levels in wastewaters are regularly monitored and reviewed, both internally and by relevant authorities.

Enhancing water management has been one of our top priorities. Now our mills use 30% less water per tonne of pulp than 10 years ago.
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Environmental Product Declarations and Carbon Footprint Information

The reports can be found in our Certificate Finder »


We have all major certificates:
PEFCTM CoC, FSCR CoC, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, EMAS, OHSAS 18001, ISO 22000, ISO 50001, EES+ etc.  They can be found through our Certificate Finder » 
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​Towards a CO2 neutral future

​UPM’s energy strategy is based on CO2-free and neutral energy sources. We have built strong expertise in the generation of renewable energy, efficient use of energy and in market operations for fuels, electricity and emission allowances.

Learn more about UPM’s approach to climate in »
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