UPM Biofuels received Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials’ certification for wood-based liquid biofuels

UPM’s Risto Kotilainen (left) and Maria Puustinen (right) present UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery to Glenn Feryn, Leader auditor from Control Union Certifications, Belgium
Photo: UPM

UPM Biofuels received an acknowledgement of the sustainability of its value chain by receiving an The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials’ (RSB) certificate for both UPM BioVerno renewable diesel and naphtha, as well as production sidestreams turpentine and pitch.

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. It verifies the sustainability and reliability of feedstock sourcing and production. The certification can also be used to verify the sustainability of biomaterials for non-energy applications.

Maiju Helin, Head of Safety, Sustainability and Quality at UPM Biofuels, commented:

“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.”

UPM Biofuels uses crude tall oil, a residue from pulp production, to produce both biofuels and biomaterials in its Biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland.

UPM became a member of RSB at the end of 2016.

Earlier UPM Biofuels extended sustainability certification with the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Scheme ISCC PLUS.

About UPM:

The company is largely focused on fibre- and biomass-based businesses, recyclable raw materials and products. UPM integrates bio and forest industries and operates across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America) and UPM Plywood.

Source: Woodbizforum