The Paperworkers’ Union’s strike at UPM’s pulp mills in Finland has caused UPM Timber’s sawmills to be temporarily unable to run fossil-free. The sawmills located in integrates with pulp mills, Alholma sawmill in Pietarsaari and Kaukas sawmill in Lappeenranta, have used purely renewable thermal energy produced by the pulp mills since the beginning of 2020. Due to the current situation with the strike, the pulp mills are closed and fossil-free energy cannot be sourced for the production at these two sawmills. The production at Seikku sawmill in Pori and Korkeakoski sawmill remain fossil-free as normal.
This situation is unexpected and extremely regrettable, but temporary. We will return to fossil-free production in all of our sawmills as soon as possible. We apologise for the situation and wish for a quick solution to the collective agreement negotiations to bring the strike to an end.