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UPM completes EIA for possible Kotka biorefinery

Finland-headed forest industry major UPM has revealed that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for a possible biorefinery in Kotka, Finland has been completed and given to the authorities for their final conclusions. The UPM Kotka Biorefinery would produce approximately 500,000 tonnes of advanced biofuels or biochemicals made from sustainable raw materials for use in the road transport, marine and aviation sectors or the chemical industry.

In February 2018, UPM revealed that it had initiated an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a possible biorefinery at a brownfield site in Mussalo, Kotka (photo courtesy UPM).

The renewable and sustainable raw materials and efficient processes of the possible Kotka Biorefinery enable significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to fossil-based fuels and products.

According to the EIA conducted by consultancy company Pöyry, the UPM Kotka Biorefinery would have substantial positive impacts such as increasing the utilization of wastes and residues as well as decreases in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The decrease of the GHG emissions achieved by the biorefinery would be as much as 16 percent of the GHG emissions generated by Finnish road traffic – equivalent to three times the GHG emissions of a city the size of Helsinki.

If realized, the UPM Kotka Biorefinery would also have a very positive effect on the Kotka region’s economic life and finances.

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