Sus­tain­abil­ity cer­tifi­cate for wood-based liq­uid bio­fu­els

Australian Forests and Timber - - Bio -

UPM BIO­FU­ELS has again re­ceived a new ac­knowl­edge­ment of the sus­tain­abil­ity of its value chain by re­ceiv­ing an RSB (The Roundtable on Sus­tain­able Bio­ma­te­ri­als) cer­tifi­cate for both UPM BioVerno re­new­able diesel and naph­tha, as well as pro­duc­tion sidestreams tur­pen­tine and pitch. RSB ver­i­fies the sus­tain­abil­ity and reli­a­bil­ity of feed­stock sourc­ing and pro­duc­tion.

In RSB cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, the sus­tain­abil­ity of bio­fu­els is eval­u­ated against 12 prin­ci­ples which have been ap­proved by many stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing NGOs and UN agen­cies. In ad­di­tion to the green­house gas sav­ings com­pared to fos­sil fu­els, the RSB prin­ci­ples cover bio­di­ver­sity, hu­man rights and en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity through­out the value chain.

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. RSB cer­ti­fi­ca­tion can also be used to ver­ify the sus­tain­abil­ity of bio­ma­te­ri­als for nonen­ergy ap­pli­ca­tions. UPM Bio­fu­els uses crude tall oil, a residue from pulp pro­duc­tion, to pro­duce both bio­fu­els and bio­ma­te­ri­als in its Biore­fin­ery in Lappeen­ranta, Fin­land.

“The RSB is proud to count UPM among the vi­sion­ary bio­fuel pro­duc­ers that are RSB cer­ti­fied. Us­ing residues, like those from pulp and pa­per pro­duc­tion, to

pro­duce en­ergy helps to build a new world free of fos­sil fu­els with min­i­mal im­pact on na­ture and food pro­duc­tion. This is the first cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of bio­fuel pro­duced from wood­based feed­stocks and RSB looks for­ward to work­ing with UPM to pro­mote this in­no­va­tive so­lu­tion for the bioe­con­omy,” com­ments Rolf Ho­gan, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of RSB.

UPM Bio­fu­els has pre­vi­ously re­ceived sus­tain­abil­ity cer­tifi­cates un­der the Fin­nish Na­tional Sus­tain­abil­ity Scheme, ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS (In­ter­na­tional Sus­tain­abil­ity and Car­bon Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion) schemes.

“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,” says Maiju Helin, Head of Safety, Sus­tain­abil­ity and Qual­ity at UPM Bio­fu­els.

In­no­va­tive re­new­able fu­els from Fin­land

UPM’s re­new­able fu­els known as UPM BioVerno fu­els are an in­no­va­tion that re­duces life­cy­cle green­house gas emis­sions by up to 80% when com­pared with fos­sil fu­els.

UPM BioVerno diesel, a high qual­ity drop-in fuel, also re­duces tailpipe emis­sions sig­nif­i­cantly. UPM BioVerno naph­tha can be used as a bio­com­po­nent in ga­so­line or as re­new­able feed­stock for bio-based ap­pli­ca­tions, such as bio­plas­tics. UPM’s re­new­able fu­els are pro­duced from a residue of UPM’s own pulp pro­duc­tion, crude tall oil, with no ed­i­ble ma­te­ri­als be­ing used.

UPM started pro­duc­tion of its wood-based re­new­able fu­els in the UPM Lappeen­ranta Biore­fin­ery in Jan­uary 2015. The pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of the biore­fin­ery is 120 mil­lion litres of re­new­able fu­els an­nu­ally.

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