Story | 09/07/2023 08:19:07 | 3 min Read time

Larger trucks, lower emissions – sustainability and cost efficiency combined in logistics

At Kaukas sawmill, a transition was made in 2020 to using longer and larger specialized trucks for logistics. In September 2023, Speed Ltd. granted Kaukas sawmill a certificate for reducing CO2 emissions from road transportation.

At UPM Timber's sawmills, production has been fossil-free since 2020. In line with our customer promise Setting the Standard, we have aimed to reduce emissions in other areas as well. At Kaukas sawmill, a transition was made in 2020 to using longer and larger specialized trucks in transporting containers from the sawmill to the port. This has significantly reduced emissions generated during transportation.

The development of the new HCT (High Capacity Transportation) trucks began already 10 years ago, so the collaboration with Speed Ltd. goes back a long way.

Speed Ltd. granted UPM Timber's Kaukas Sawmill a certificate for a significant environmental achievement in reducing carbon dioxide emissions from road transportation. Vice President of Speed Ltd. Tomi Piskunen (left), UPM Timber's Logistics Manager Erkki Pietikäinen, UPM Timber's Supply Chain Director Lauri Kunnas and CEO of Speed Ltd. Tuomo Vallas at the event where the certificate was granted on 5th September.
Cost efficiency and sustainable business can go hand in hand.
Lauri Kunnas

Significantly lower emissions cost-efficiently

In September 2023, Speed Ltd., specialized in transporting shipping containers, granted UPM Timber's Kaukas Sawmill a certificate based on the EcoTruck (Ekorekka) emission savings calculator, providing evidence of a significant environmental achievement in reducing carbon dioxide emissions from road transportation. As a result of this collaboration, 524 tons, or 40%, less of carbon dioxide emissions have been generated from containers transported for UPM compared to the traditional method of transporting one container at a time. Lauri Kunnas, Timber's Supply Chain Director, emphasizes the importance of this partnership.

"We have made sound decisions by adopting the use of longer and larger specialized trucks. This change not only reduces our environmental impact but also makes our operations more sustainable", Lauri says.

The use of longer specialized trucks to transport large quantities of sawn timber reduces the need for multiple smaller shipments, thereby lowering emissions and the carbon footprint. The containerization of sawn timber is carried out directly at Kaukas Sawmill, eliminating one processing stage at the ports. 

According to Lauri, significant reductions in CO2 emissions have been achieved while maintaining financial benefits.

"Cost efficiency and sustainable business can go hand in hand. Acts of sustainability are not rocket science, they can indeed support business", Lauri states. 

Read about the sawn timber transportation between Seikku sawmill and Rauma port with renewable diesel.

Read about UPM Timber’s fossil-free internal logistics.

Main image: Speed Ltd.

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