UPM BioVerno, a renewable diesel developed by the Finnish company UPM, was awarded first prize in the “Travelling” category during the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2014, when the European Commission rewards the best projects of the year in the fields of energy efficiency, renewables and clean transport. UPM Verno is made from residue from the pulp and paper industry and can be used in all diesel engines without the need for modification.
UPM BioVerno will be introduced to the market in autumn 2014 through the North European Oil Trade (NEOT), according to the Finnish newspaper Keskipohjanmaa. The renewable diesel is produced at UPM’s Lappeenranta biorefinery in eastern Finland, which has an annual production capacity of 100,000 tonnes.
Cutting greenhouse gas emissions
The renewable diesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% compared to fossil-based diesel. According to UPM, another key advantage of this fuel is that it functions just like fossil-based diesel and it does not have a blending limit like traditional biodiesels. It is stable with virtually no risk of degradation through bacterial contamination or oxygenation during storage. In addition the new fuel delivers full compatibility with the fossil diesel EN590 quality standard.
“We developed the production process of UPM BioVerno at our own biorefinery development centre. The whole process from CTO to pure clean-burning renewable diesel is also performed and controlled at the same biorefinery site. The UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery is currently the biggest advanced biofuel plant in Europe,” said Teemu Lindberg, director for technology and production at UPM Biofuels.
Sources: Keskipohjanmaa, EU, UPM,