All News

 

 

Quality starts in the forest - Forest owners visiting Korkeakoski sawmillPauliina Leppänen, UPM2017-11-15T10:00:00Z<p><img alt="UPM_METSÄ_mies_ja_tukkipino.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/Quality-starts-in-the-forest---Forest-owners-visiting-Korkeakoski-sawmill/UPM_METSÄ_mies_ja_tukkipino.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><h4>The high quality of our sawn timber starts in the forest. We maintain close cooperation with UPM Forest and Wood Sourcing and we also regularly invite forest owners to get acquainted with our sawmills and to discuss our customers' quality requirements.</h4><p>&quot;UPM Forest's forest account managers who are buying wood, knows our products' quality requirements and can identify the timber which is best for us. Through them the information is transmitted to forest owners,&quot; says <strong>Sami Kotivuori</strong> the director of Korkeakoski sawmill. &quot;We are happy to show the forest owners our sawmill and to tell them about our products and our own customers' requirements. These discussions make the importance of forest management and quality of timber very apparent.&quot;</p><p>In November, we organized an event for the forest owners of the Central Finland at the Korkeakoski sawmill, where an active group of forest owners were introduced to the sawmill and its products and their end uses. The theme of the visit was &quot;Where are my logs travelling to in the world&quot;?&#160; </p><p>The forest owners in the neighboring area were interested in what happens to the sturdy pine logs harvested from their forests, inside the sawmill gates. A lively discussion arose especially about the end-uses of sawn timber and customers' responsibility requirements, such as the importance of certification for the end-users.</p><p><img alt="DSC_08446.png" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/Quality-starts-in-the-forest---Forest-owners-visiting-Korkeakoski-sawmill/DSC_08446.png" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p>Despite the rainy weather, the sawmill tour started with enthusiasm and interest and for some of the forest owners the visit was the first time in the sawmill. The production efficiency and automation level of sawmill were a surprise for many, which aroused a lot of questions and active discussion. Also, in the log sorting, it was wondered how much information about log can be obtained by x-ray measurement.</p><p>Pine from the area's forest owners can be found in British homes' window frames, doors and furniture as well as in structures and furniture of summer houses built at Finnish lakefronts.</p><p>To run our sawmills we need about three million cubic meters of wood annually, over half of which is bought from private forest owners. 60% of Finland's 26.2 million hectares forest is owned by private individuals. </p><p>UPM is a major forest owner in Finland with 640 000 hectares of forest. About 10% of UPM's mills' annual wood consumption comes from the company's forests. We take care of the company's forests in according to the principles of sustainable forest management, complying with the government regulations and certification criteria. Over and above this, we are able to develop new methods of responsible forestry in our private forests and we offer this expertise to the private forest owners, an indication of our expertise is that there are about one million hectares of private forests in our care.</p><p>Read more about Finnish forestry industry at <a href="http&#58;//www.forest.fi/"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">www.forest.fi</span></a></p><p><strong>Read more&#58;</strong></p><p style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><a href="/whats-new/all-news/Pages/Forest-certificates-tell-about-the-sustainable-origin-of-wood.aspx">Forest certificates tell about the sustainable origin of wood </a></p><p style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><a href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/upm/biodiversity-visible-in-commercial-forests/">Biodiversity visible in commercial forests</a></p>GP0|#dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754;L0|#0dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754|Other news;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx
Forest certificates tell about the sustainable origin of woodPauliina Leppänen, UPM2017-10-24T10:00:00Z<p><img alt="UPM_AR16_Stakeholders_Sust-forestry_300dpi_CMYK.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/Forest-certificates-tell-about-the-sustainable-origin-of-wood/UPM_AR16_Stakeholders_Sust-forestry_300dpi_CMYK.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><h4>UPM Timber uses certified high-quality Nordic pine and spruce as raw material for its products. The international PEFCTM and FSC® forest certificates are signs of wood's sustainable origin.</h4><p>About 85 % of Finland's managed forests are certified under PEFC, whereas the continuously growing FSC certificate covers only a few percent. All UPM's own forests are certified. In addition, UPM's FSC group certificate (FSC C 109750) &#160;is in steady growth with over 200&#160;000 hectares of managed forests already registered under the group certificate. 85 % of all wood &amp; wood fibre used by UPM originates from certified forests. &#160;</p><p><span style="font-size&#58;14px;">We interviewed Sami Oksa, director of stakeholder relations and previous environmental manager of UPM Wood Sourcing &amp; Forestry on verifying the origin of wood&#58; &#160;</span></p><h4>Why is it important to verify the origin of wood?</h4><p>The origin of wood is one of the most important KPIs of responsible operations. The information on the origin of wood proves that the wood used in UPM products does not originate from e.g. conservation areas, tropical natural forests or from other unsustainable sources. By knowing the origin of wood, we can always be sure that the most important aspects on sustainable forestry are fulfilled and that these aspects can also be verified afterwards. &#160;UPM is a frontrunner in verifying the origin of wood and today, the company can track 100 % of the origin of the wood and wood fibre sourced by UPM and used in UPM products. </p><h4>How do you track the origin of wood?</h4><p>When tracking the origin of wood, the key is to follow the wood supply chain backwards all the way back to the area where the tree originally grew. If you can do this, you can always track the origin of wood. The origin is usually followed with the support of company's own IT system. The information of a tree's each step is saved to the IT system. This enables us to track the origin of wood or wood fiber used in a single product from customer all the way back to the distributor, to the mill, to the wood truck and to a single forest stand. </p><h4>How carefully do you transfer the information of the wood origin in the supply chain?</h4><p>A tree and a product made from wood always carries the information of the origin. This means that each party in the supply chain has its own dedicated sign in the IT system. This information is linked to the wood and is transferred from one IT system to another in the supply chain. This way, the information of the wood and wood fibre used as raw material in a product can always be tracked and followed backwards to the place where a single tree has grown, e.g. to a forest stand. </p><h4>What kind of wood is illegal?</h4><p><strong>I</strong>llegal wood can be for example wood that is logged against law or sourced from protected area. Illegal wood can also be stolen or sourced from a forest estate without forest owner's permission. In addition, we talk about illegal wood when the taxes or other legal payments has not been payed. One of the most important responsibilities of forest industry is to always be able to prove the sustainable and legal origin of wood. An independent third-party verifies the chain of custody system every year. </p><p><strong>Read more&#58;</strong></p><p style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><a href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/upm/key-entrepreneurs-form-an-essential-part-of-our-responsible-supply-chain/"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Key entrepreneurs form an essential part of our responsible supply chain</span></a></p><p><a href="http&#58;//www.upm.com/Businesses/upm-wood-sourcing-forestry/Pages/default.aspx"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Learn more about forestry and wood-sourcng at UPM&#160;</font></span></a></p><p>&#160;</p>GP0|#dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754;L0|#0dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754|Other news;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx
Running a transport company is more than just a jobPauliina Leppänen, UPM2017-09-13T11:00:00Z<p><img alt="kati-huhtala-edit-890x500.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/Running-a-transport-company-is-more-than-just-a-job/kati-huhtala-edit-890x500.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px 5px 5px 0px;" /></p><h4>Kati Huhtala knows the UPM Seikku sawmill well. The sawmill, located by the Kokemäenjoki river near the centre of Pori, is a weekly destination for Huhtala's wood chip truck.</h4><p><strong>Kati Huhtala&#160;</strong>is a second-generation transport entrepreneur.</p><p>&quot;Being an entrepreneur is not for everyone – just like a 9-to-5 job is not for others.&quot; Kati Huhtala's parents founded the Kuljetusliike Kalevi Huhtala transport company in 1982. When Kati was little, her father was often on the road and her mother took care of the company's paperwork in the evenings.</p><p>&quot;The model I learned in those days from my parents about working was that when there is work to do, you do it, no matter what the clock or the calendar says.&quot;</p><h4>Wood chip transportation with HCT truck</h4><p>Her father Kalevi Huhtala has been a trailblazer in developing new operating models, such as the use of High Capacity Transport (HCT) trucks. Huhtala's 34-metre articulated truck for wood chip transportation was designed in cooperation with UPM.</p><p>&quot;It is great to be at the forefront of development. I would like to hear people saying in the future that it must have been the Huhtala company that introduced HCT trucks to wood chip transportation in Finland. UPM has been really actively involved in these reforms,&quot; Kati says.</p><p>Drivers have given positive feedback on the HCT trucks. According to them, the larger trucks have improved drivability and stability in comparison to traditional articulated trucks.</p><p>&quot;Drivers line up to drive an HCT truck,&quot; says Kati, who has also participated in the test drives herself. The HCT trucks place less strain on the roads and the large transport volumes help reduce traffic.</p><p>&quot;I can definitely see HCT trucks becoming common in the transport industry in the near future. The forest owner never sees the wood chip truck. We want to do our part to ensure that the logistics from the forest to the sawmill is equally smooth at this end of the process and at the harvesting sites.&quot;</p><p>Huhtala's articulated truck transports sawmill chips from Pori to the UPM Rauma paper mill, which uses the chips to produce energy.</p><p><em>Kuljetusliike Kalevi Huhtala Oy transports chips from UPM Seikku sawmill in Pori to UPM paper mill in Rauma. The total length of the HCT truck is 34 meters and the total weight when loaded 100 tonnes.</em></p><p><em>Koneurakointi Aki Sammalisto transports chips from UPM Korkeakoski sawmill to UPM's factories in Rauma, Kouvola and Lappeenranta with the new HCT truck. When the trailer under construction is completed, the total length of the articulated truck is 29.19 meters and the total weight when loaded up to 91 tonnes.</em></p><p><strong>Read more&#58;</strong></p><p style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><a href="/whats-new/all-news/Pages/Customer-delivery-reliability-supported-by-long-term-cooperation-between-UPM-and-Steveco.aspx">Customer delivery reliability supported by long-term cooperation between UPM and Steveco</a></p><p><a href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/upm/how-do-we-cut-co2-emissions/"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">How do we cut CO2 emissions in transport?</span></a></p>GP0|#dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754;L0|#0dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754|Other news;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx
UPM listed as the industry leader in the global Dow Jones Sustainability IndexPauliina Leppänen, UPM2017-09-08T10:00:00Z<p>​(UPM, Helsinki, 7 September 2017 at 09.00 EET)&#160; – UPM has been listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2017-2018 for the fifth time.</p><p>&quot;Responsibility is one of the key elements of UPM's Biofore strategy. Compliance, integrity and sustainability are strongly guiding everything we do,&quot; says <strong>Pirkko Harrela</strong>, Executive Vice President, UPM Stakeholder Relations. </p><p>&quot;We promote responsible practices throughout the value chain and are active in finding sustainable solutions in co-operation with our customers, suppliers and partners. Creating value for society both as a company and through our products is essential for us,&quot; Harrela continues. </p><p>The annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment is conducted by an investment specialist RobecoSAM, and is based on a rigorous analysis of economic, environmental and social performance of the world's leading companies, assessing issues covering climate change strategies, supply chain standards, labour practices, corporate governance and risk management. The DJSI follows a best-in-class approach, recognising companies across all industries that outperform their peers in sustainability metrics. <img alt="DJSI_Member_Logo_2017-UPM.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/UPM-listed-as-the-industry-leader-in-the-global-Dow-Jones-Sustainability-Index/DJSI_Member_Logo_2017-UPM.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;408px;height&#58;274px;" /></p><p class="hugin"><strong>For further information please contact&#58;</strong><br class="hugin">Sami Lundgren, Vice President, UPM, Environment and Responsibility, tel. +358 40 580 0910</p><p class="hugin"><strong>UPM, Media Relations </strong><br class="hugin">9.00-16.00 EET<br class="hugin">tel. +358 40 588 3284 <br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="mailto&#58;media@upm.com" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">media@upm.com</font></span></a></p><p class="hugin"><strong>About UPM</strong></p><p class="hugin">Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas&#58; 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 - <a class="hugin" href="http&#58;//www.upm.com/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.upm.com</font></span></a></p><p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Twitter</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">LinkedIn</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Facebook</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">YouTube</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Instagram</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="http&#58;//upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">upmbiofore.com</font></span></a></p>GP0|#80f66fc0-c60d-4e2c-a1ed-b7e454bfdf4d;L0|#080f66fc0-c60d-4e2c-a1ed-b7e454bfdf4d|Press release;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx
UPM Timber got into the Zero Solid Waste club – No more solid waste to landfills Pauliina Leppänen, UPM2017-07-17T06:00:00Z<p><img alt="Kymin Voima_Biowaste Conveyor.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/UPM-Timber-got-into-the-Zero-Solid-Waste-club-–-No-more-solid-waste-to-landfills-/Kymin%20Voima_Biowaste%20Conveyor.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><h4>UPM Timber together with UPM Plywood are the first businesses in UPM who have reached the tight recycling target set by the company's Zero Solid Waste project. UPM targets for zero waste to landfill operations globally by 2030.</h4><p>The sawmills' main wastes are wood-based waste and plastic, e.g. plastic packaging materials and plastic rims. The chips and the sawdust generated as by-products of the production are delivered to pulp and paper mills as a raw material. UPM's sawmills supplies roughly 30 % of the chips used by UPM's Finnish pulp mills. &quot;Wood-based waste consists of bark, spreading particles and plank pieces. Bark is crushed and either used in UPM's power plant in Korkeakoski or sold to an external power plant from which UPM buys heat. Spreading particles and plank pieces go directly to the power plant or they are piled for crushing,&quot; says <strong>Mika Lampola</strong>, who works as Project Manager for Maintenance.</p><p>UPM's power plant in Korkeakoski has facilitated recycling significantly. &quot;A common problem for sawmills is the stony bark we get from the field and underneath log intake manifolds. For sawmills, the waste used to cause significant costs and traditionally it was transfer to landfills, landscaping or greater power plants. Five years ago, we invested in the bio heating plant in Korkeakoski, where we can burn all waste wood without crushing, which is a very positive thing. Also the bark waste from log yard is burned in the sawmill's own bio heating plant,&quot; says Mika. </p><p>In addition to wood-based waste and plastics, sawmills generate mixed waste and construction waste such as concrete, wools and metals. They are recycled by UPM's waste management partners. According to Mika, UPM Timber's personnel has adopted well the new, more accurate sorting style. &quot;We are regularly organising training and waste sorting tests for our employees. One year, when we did not do it, people started to ask where's the training – and the prizes,&quot; laughs Mika.</p><p>Sorting is not difficult, but some may still think that small amounts don’t matter. “It is important for everyone to understand why every little can must be sorted right. When as many waste fractions as possible are either used as raw materials or sorted correctly, it helps us and our partners alike,” Lampola says.</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="ZSW_icon.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/UPM-Timber-got-into-the-Zero-Solid-Waste-club-–-No-more-solid-waste-to-landfills-/ZSW_icon.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;114px;height&#58;114px;" /><em>The <strong>Zero Solid Waste</strong> project develops smart and sustainable solutions, where excess materials circulate and generate value. Reducing the amount of solid waste and increasing the reuse of waste are important targets at all UPM mills. Improving UPM excess material performance sustainably strengthens UPM's position as a circular economy front runner. It also has a clear impact on UPM's EBITDA for example through lower costs for the waste sent to landfill and income from the re-use markets. &#160;UPM pursues Zero Solid Waste to landfill status globally by 2030.</em></p><p>Read more&#58;</p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align&#58;left;"><a href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/upm/upm-pursues-zero-solid-waste-to-landfill-status-by-2030/"><span class="external-link"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">UPM pursues Zero Solid Waste to landfill status by 2030</font></span></span></a></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align&#58;left;"><a href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/upm/the-best-way-of-disposing-mixed-waste-is-minimising-its-production/"><span class="external-link"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">The best way of disposing mixed waste is minimising its production</font></span></span></a></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align&#58;left;"><a href="http&#58;//www.upm.com/circulareconomy/Pages/default.aspx"><span class="external-link"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">UPM and circular economy</font></span></span></a></p>GP0|#dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754;L0|#0dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754|Other news;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx
Customer delivery reliability supported by long-term cooperation between UPM and StevecoPauliina Leppänen, UPM2017-06-20T21:00:00Z<p><img alt="Steveco_0010.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/Customer-delivery-reliability-supported-by-long-term-cooperation-between-UPM-and-Steveco/Steveco_0010.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px 5px 5px 0px;" /></p><h4>​<span lang="EN-US">Our customer promise, Grown to Sustain, highlights our ability to reliably deliver the right sawn timber to our customers at the right time. </span>The Finnish Kotka and Helsinki ports play a key role as UPM products from four sawmills are exported around the world. Long distances require good cooperation with logistics suppliers. One of them, Steveco Oy, provides UPM with forwarding, conveyance and stevedoring services.</h4><p>“We ensure that UPM’s products leave Finland on time and on the right vessel. Shipping capacity is currently in high demand, especially on routes from Europe to Asia, and this is why the vessels do not wait for cargo arriving from Finland. For this reason, we have invested in a new information system and new straddle carriers. With these investments, we can ensure that containers are transferred to the right vessel on time. It also enables us to closely monitor which vessel the containers need to be on and when,” explains <strong>Tapio Mattila</strong>, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, and Unit Manager of container operations at Steveco.</p><p>“The sawmilling industry has been particularly successful in designing its procurement and production chains. In Finland, the raw material is typically sourced very close to the sawmills. In addition, transport from Finland by sea is cost-effective. Of course, sea freight can be expensive due to shipping route fees and ice classification, but the efficiency of our operations is excellent compared to many other operators.”</p><h4>Top-notch tuned know-how</h4><p>Previously, there was a continuous stream of containers arriving into port thanks to transhipment and there were always containers available. Today, many containers often arrive at the same time. As a result, the ship can take the maximum capacity for export.</p><p>“Hundreds of empty containers arrive at the port at the same time and we have to move them to the container depot to receive, inspect, sweep and repair them. We have developed a process to ensure the reliability of deliveries,” Tapio Mattila explains.</p><p>From UPM’s point of view, Steveco’s most important task is to ensure that the vessel leaves the port within the agreed time frame. Steveco employs around 800 people and operates 24/7. This is essential for the industry as production runs around the clock. New employees go through a very strict training programme that covers quality, safety, environmental issues and how the company operates.</p><p>The entire port infrastructure and information system have been built in co-operation with customers to assist with exports from Finland. “UPM is a very big customer for us and one of our strategic partners. We discuss investments closely with our customers to ensure that we focus on the right issues at the right time,” Tapio Mattila says.</p><p>Steveco also has a vision for the future, where continuous development and training are an important part of the business.</p><p>“If we look 10 years into the future, we anticipate having more and more integrated information systems with our customers in order to transfer data efficiently. I hope this will enable us to better serve UPM and take over some of the activities that the company is currently managing itself. In another 10 years, automation will have been developed even further, bringing with it quality and cost efficiency improvements,” Tapio Mattila envisions.</p>GP0|#dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754;L0|#0dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754|Other news;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx
UPM and FSC® announce a global strategic partnershipPauliina Leppänen, UPM2017-05-17T06:00:00Z<p><img alt="628_Kim-Carstesen_FSC-ja-Sauli-Brander.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/UPM-and-FSC®-announce-a-global-strategic-partnership/628_Kim-Carstesen_FSC-ja-Sauli-Brander.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px 5px 5px 0px;" />(UPM, Helsinki, 17 May 2017 at 09&#58;00 EET) - UPM and the Forest Stewardship Council<sup class="hugin" style="font-size&#58;0.8em;vertical-align&#58;text-top;"><font size="2">®</font></sup> (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.</p><p class="hugin">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.</p><p class="hugin">&quot;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&quot;, says <strong>Kim Carstensen</strong>, Director General, Forest Stewardship Council.</p><p class="hugin">&quot;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&quot;, says <strong>Heikki Vappula</strong>, EVP, UPM Biorefining.</p><p class="hugin">&quot;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&quot;, Vappula continues.</p><p class="hugin">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. </p><p class="hugin"><strong>For more information, please contact&#58;</strong><br class="hugin">Sauli Brander, UPM, SVP, Wood Sourcing and Forestry, tel. +358 40 567 4155<br class="hugin">Alex Dunn, FSC, Media Manager, <a class="hugin" href="mailto&#58;a.dunn@fsc.org" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">a.dunn@fsc.org</font></span></a>, tel. +49 228 367 6688</p><p class="hugin"><strong>UPM</strong><br class="hugin">Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas&#58; 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- <a class="hugin" href="http&#58;//www.upm.com/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.upm.com</font></span></a></p><p class="hugin">Follow UPM&#58; <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Twitter</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">LinkedIn</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Facebook</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">YouTube</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Instagram</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="http&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">upmbiofore.com</font></span></a></p><p class="hugin"><strong>FSC</strong> <br class="hugin">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.&#160;FSC was established in 1994, and currently, over 190 million hectares of forest are FSC certified, in over 80 countries worldwide.&#160;FSC's global headquarters are in Bonn, Germany, with a network of national offices in over 30 countries.</p><p class="hugin"><em>Main picture&#58;&#160; Kim Carstensen,&#160;Director General, FSC&#160;and Sauli Brander, Forest Director, UPM</em></p><p class="hugin">Read more&#58;</p><p class="hugin"><a href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/wood-sourcing-and-forestry/global-partnership-agreement-with-fsc-a-natural-part-of-upms-responsibility-strategy/">Global partnership agreement with FSC®&#58; a natural part of UPM’s responsibility strategy </a></p>GP0|#80f66fc0-c60d-4e2c-a1ed-b7e454bfdf4d;L0|#080f66fc0-c60d-4e2c-a1ed-b7e454bfdf4d|Press release;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx
An award-winning wooden school is a pleasant and healthy learning environmentPauliina Leppänen, UPM2017-02-21T09:00:00Z<p><img alt="Kontiotuote_Hirsikampus_16859_original_offician photo.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/An-award-winning-wooden-school-is-a-pleasant-and-healthy-learning-environment/Kontiotuote_Hirsikampus_16859_small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px 5px 5px 0px;" /></p><h4>The municipality of Pudasjärvi in Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland is leading the way in modern timber construction. Pudasjärvi’s new wood-structured campus, completed this autumn, is a combination of cosy spaces, safety and modern learning environments. The municipality wanted to build a new school out of timber to avoid the constant renovations required by the old buildings and the health problems caused by poor indoor air quality.</h4><p>The timber campus in Pudasjärvi is the largest wood-structured school in the world. It consists of four different sections&#58; three are built entirely of wood, but the school kitchen and civil defence shelter are housed in a section made of concrete. In total, some 800 pupils attend the primary school, secondary school and upper secondary school, housed in the new building.</p><h4>A natural construction material</h4><p>Wood is a natural and versatile construction material with many beneficial properties. “The excellent indoor air quality is based on the natural ‘breathability’ or vapour permeability of timber walls. Water vapour does not condense on timber walls in the same way as it does on tightly insulated concrete walls, and unhealthy mould cannot grow on dry structures,” says <strong>Pekka Lukkaroinen</strong>, the architect who designed the timber campus.</p><p>Lukkaroinen adds that the acoustic properties of the building are also of high quality. The fire safety of wooden buildings is similar to other buildings, since the same regulations apply to all public buildings. In addition, wood has been proven to have positive effects on wellbeing. “Wood is a natural and soothing material due to its neutral shades and smooth surfaces. Research shows that spending time in wooden buildings lowers our heartbeat and reduces stress.”</p><p>The company, Lukkaroinen Architects, received the 2016 Finnish Wood Award for the Pudasjärvi timber campus. The Finnish Wood Award is awarded annually to a building, interior design or structure that represents high quality, Finnish wood architecture or in which wood has been used in a way that advances building technology.</p><h4>Timber is gaining popularity in public buildings</h4><p>Project manager <strong>Yrsa Cronhjort</strong> from the Aalto University Department of Architecture estimates that timber has maintained its position as a popular construction material in holiday cottages and small houses, but its use is also gaining popularity in blocks of flats and public buildings such as schools, office buildings and serviced flats for the elderly.</p><p>“The current development of energy efficiency legislation and regulations means that using timber as a construction material will continue to be possible in public buildings.”</p><p>Wood is an outstanding material from the viewpoint of environmental impact, because it absorbs a large amount of carbon dioxide. As climate change progresses, rainfall and humidity will increase and these changes should be considered in the construction industry and in the maintenance of buildings.</p><p>“In the future, environmental factors will also be taken into consideration in building regulations. This will put wood on an equal footing with other materials, so the outlook for timber construction is positive,” Cronhjort says.</p><p>Sawn timber supplied by UPM is widely used for construction in Europe and Japan. The wooden house industry is one of UPM Timber’s largest domestic sales segments.</p><p><img alt="IMG_9995.JPG" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/An-award-winning-wooden-school-is-a-pleasant-and-healthy-learning-environment/Kontiotuote_9995.JPG" style="margin&#58;5px 5px 5px 0px;" />The timber structures of the campus project in Pudasjärvi have been manufactured by Kontiotuote and the sawn timber was supplied by UPM Timber. The main contractor was Lemminkäinen Oy.</p><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Read more&#58;</figcaption><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"></figcaption><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http&#58;//www.smy.fi/en/artikkeli/log-buildings-for-public-use-encourage-private-builders/"><span class="external-link"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">The Finnish Forest Association visited the campus in March 2016</font></span></span></a><br><a href="http&#58;//www.upmtimber.com/whats-new/all-news/Pages/UPM-Timber-supplies-sawn-timber-for-the-construction-of-ecological-log-houses.aspx"><span class="external-link"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">UPM Timber supplies sawn timber for the construction of ecological log houses</font></span></span></a></figcaption><p>&#160;</p><p><em>Photos&#58; Raimo Ahonen &amp; Kontiotuote Oy</em></p>GP0|#dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754;L0|#0dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754|Other news;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx
UPM receives recognition for its efforts of deforestation-free supply chainsPauliina Leppänen, UPM2016-12-05T07:00:00Z<p><img alt="cdp-we-are-one-of-8-companies-forest-a-list-570px.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/UPM-receives-recognition-for-its-efforts-of-deforestation-free-supply-chains/cdp-we-are-one-of-8-companies-forest-a-list-570px.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />​(UPM, Helsinki, 5 December 2016 at 09&#58;00 EET) - UPM is one of the eight companies that have been recognised by the CDP Forest Program with a global leadership position in the 2016 Forest A List for timber and timber based products. The A List features companies that are on a path to sustainably source or produce timber commodities.</p><p class="hugin">&quot;UPM is committed to forest management and forest harvesting practices based on the internationally accepted principles of sustainable forest management&quot;, says <strong>Sami Lundgren</strong>, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility. </p><p class="hugin">&quot;Our objective is to create long-term profitable business in an ethical and responsible manner, taking into account economic, human and social, as well as environmental matters. We consider forest certification to be an excellent tool for promoting sustainable forestry. Today 84% of the wood we use is certified and our target is to grow the percentage up to 100% by the year 2030,&quot; says Lundgren.</p><p class="hugin">&quot;The business case for breaking the link between deforestation and the production of forest-risk commodities has never been stronger. We congratulate those businesses that have achieved a position in CDP's Forest A List for timber. These companies are responding to market demand for environmental accountability and at the same time are making progress towards achieving deforestation-free supply chains. This will not only protect forests, but will help influence market behaviour towards a more sustainable economy,&quot; says <strong>Katie McCoy</strong>, head of forests at CDP.</p><p class="hugin">UPM has always taken care of the vitality and regeneration of forests. Furthermore, the company has had for over two decades its own biodiversity programme, which is fully integrated into company's forest management practices. Specific species projects and case studies in the programme develop forestry methods to meet the needs of single species and creates a new working culture in collaboration with stakeholders. UPM also promotes voluntary-based nature conservation, and protected areas are part of the biodiversity programme solutions. </p><p class="hugin">&quot;We are pleased that also our efforts on enhancing biodiversity have just recently received recognition. FIBS, the leading non-profit corporate responsibility network in Finland, awarded us for biodiversity reporting in the company's annual report 2015 and on the related webpages,&quot; concludes Sami Lundgren. Read more <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/biodiversity-visible-in-commercial-forests/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">on upmbiofore.com</font></span></a>.</p><p class="hugin">The CDP's report examines what steps companies are taking to protect their supply chains and bottom-lines against deforestation-related risks. It has been produced at the request of 365 investors with US$22 trillion in assets by CDP, who request data from large corporations on their efforts to mitigate deforestation risks. </p><p class="hugin">Link to report&#58; <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.cdp.net/en/reports/downloads/1328" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Revenue at risk&#58; Why addressing deforestation is critical to business success</font></span></a>.</p><p class="hugin"><strong>For further information please contact&#58;</strong><br class="hugin">Sami Lundgren, Vice President, UPM, Environment &amp; Responsibility, tel. +358&#160;40&#160;580&#160;0910</p><p class="hugin"><strong>UPM, Media Relations </strong><br class="hugin">Mon-Fri 9&#58;00-16&#58;00 EET<br class="hugin">tel. +358 40 588 3284 <br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="mailto&#58;media@upm.com" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">media@upm.com</font></span></a></p><p class="hugin"><strong>UPM</strong><br class="hugin">Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas&#58; 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 19,600 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - <a class="hugin" href="http&#58;//www.upm.com/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.upm.com</font></span></a></p><p class="hugin"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Follow UPM on</span> <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Twitter</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">LinkedIn</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Facebook</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">YouTube</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Instagram</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">upmbiofore.com</font></span></a></p><p class="hugin"><strong>CDP</strong>, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the global system for companies, cities, states and regions to measure, disclose, manage and share vital information on their environmental performance. CDP, voted number one climate <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.cdp.net/en/investor/sector-research" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">research</font></span></a> provider by investors, works with 827 institutional investors with assets of US$100 trillion and 89 purchasing organizations with a combined annual spend of over US$2.7 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDPis a founding member of the We Mean Business coalition. Please visit www.cdp.net/ or follow us @CDP to find out more. </p>GP0|#80f66fc0-c60d-4e2c-a1ed-b7e454bfdf4d;L0|#080f66fc0-c60d-4e2c-a1ed-b7e454bfdf4d|Press release;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx
UPM receives acknowledgement for its climate actionsPauliina Leppänen, UPM2016-10-25T11:00:00Z<p>​<img alt="CDP_110932.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/UPM-receives-acknowledgement-for-its-climate-actions/CDP_110932.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />(UPM, Helsinki, 25 October 2016 at 14&#58;00 EET) - UPM has been included in the CDP Climate A List. UPM is featured in the CDP's climate change program for the eight years in a row for its climate actions and transparent climate reporting. </p><p class="hugin">UPM's Biofore strategy meets the challenges set by climate change on many levels&#58; it promotes sustainable forestry, resource efficient production and the manufacturing of recyclable products that are based on renewable raw materials.</p><p class="hugin">&quot;Apart from actions, also the quality of reporting matters. Investors and other important stakeholders use our public data to evaluate how well we tackle global climate challenges and changes in market conditions and comply with related regulations&quot;, says <strong>Sami Lundgren</strong>, Vice President, Environment &amp; Responsibility. </p><p class="hugin">&quot;We are committed to the continuous improvement of our operations and are regularly monitoring the achievement of our climate-related targets. And verified reporting proves the reliability of provided data&quot;, Sami Lundgren tells.&#160; </p><p class="hugin"><strong>Towards better climate performance through concrete actions and 2030 climate targets&#160; </strong></p><p class="hugin">UPM updated its 2030 responsibility targets in 2015. The new targets were influenced not only by the company's Biofore strategy but also by the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UPM's climate targets for 2030 include reducing the fossil carbon dioxide emissions from own combustion and purchased electricity by 30% as well as reducing acidifying flue gases by 20%. One of UPM's continuous targets is to maximise the business benefits of greenhouse gas claims, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.</p><p class="hugin">&quot;We are determined to work towards these targets in many ways&quot;, Sami Lundgren continues. &quot;One example is the UPM Shotton paper mill in the UK, where UPM has invested in a condensing turbine power plant. The plant turns excess low-pressure steam into renewable energy. Another example is the Otepää plywood mill in Estonia, where the construction of a new biomass power plant was completed this year. The new plant will replace an older plant running partly on oil,&quot; Sami Lundgren lists.</p><p class="hugin">&quot;We congratulate the 193 A List companies that are leading the charge towards our low carbon future. Companies are key actors in enabling the global economy to achieve its new climate goals, and the leadership of this group points the way for others to take bold action and capitalize on the many opportunities that await,&quot; says CDP's chief executive officer <strong>Paul Simpson</strong>.</p><p class="hugin">Learn more about UPM's climate strategy and about the role UPM's wood-based renewable diesel UPM BioVerno plays in promoting the UN SDG 13 (Climate Action) <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/actions-and-transparent-reporting-grant-upm-a-place-on-the-cdp-climate-a-list/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">upmbiofore.com</font></span></a>.</p><p class="hugin">The Climate A List, along with the climate scores of all companies publicly taking part in CDP's climate change program this year, is available on CDP's website, <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.cdp.net/en" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">https&#58;//www.cdp.net/en</font></span></a>.</p><p class="hugin"><strong>For further information please contact&#58; </strong><br class="hugin">Sami Lundgren, Vice President, UPM, Environment &amp; Responsibility, tel. +358&#160;40&#160;580&#160;0910</p><p class="hugin"><strong>UPM, Media Relations </strong><br class="hugin">9.00-16.00 EET<br class="hugin">tel. +358 40 588 3284 <br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="mailto&#58;media@upm.com" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">media@upm.com</font></span></a></p><p class="hugin"><strong>UPM</strong><br class="hugin">Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas&#58; UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper ENA (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 its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - <a class="hugin" href="http&#58;//www.upm.com/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.upm.com</font></span></a></p><p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Twitter</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">LinkedIn</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Facebook</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">YouTube</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Instagram</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">upmbiofore.com</font></span></a></p>GP0|#80f66fc0-c60d-4e2c-a1ed-b7e454bfdf4d;L0|#080f66fc0-c60d-4e2c-a1ed-b7e454bfdf4d|Press release;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx