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UPM hosts European Commission VP Maroš Šefcovic visit to Lappeenranta

European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefcovic, responsible for the Energy Union, paid a visit to the UPM Kaukas Mill site in Lappeenranta, Finland today. The visit was hosted by Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO of UPM, a Finland-headed forest industry major who called for EU regulation that ensures the right framework for companies to invest and provide innovative solutions to reduce emissions.

The UPM Kaukas mill is located on the shore of Lake Saimaa in Lappeenranta in South East Finland. The integrated Kaukas plant consists of the pulp mill, a mill producing magazine paper, a sawmill, a biorefinery producing wood-based diesel, and UPM’s research centre (photo courtesy UPM).

During the visit, UPM presented its UPM Biofore strategy designed to create sustainable solutions and new innovations from renewable raw materials that provide options to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change.

Pesonen called for EU regulation that ensures the right framework for companies to invest and provide innovative solutions to reduce emissions.

The European Union has set a target to be the world leader in renewable energy in the 2020s. UPM is definitely able to support this ambitious goal. Therefore it is of the utmost importance that EU institutions provide long-term regulatory certainty, clear rules on biomass sustainability, and a framework for the increased use of sustainable advanced biofuels in transport said Pesonen.

The EU Commission Vice President toured the UPM Kaukas Mill complex – a unique and versatile bioindustry site producing pulp, paper, timber and biofuels out of renewable wood-based raw materials. The site also encompasses a UPM Research Centre and a UPM Wood Sourcing and Forestry unit.

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