Building a state-of-the-art biorefinery in Leuna

We take the production of wood-based renewable biochemicals from idea to reality.

UPM's biorefinery is a key investment for the state of Saxony-Anhalt. Leuna offers a well-developed infrastructure and a business environment which is supportive to such investments.
Dr. Reiner Haseloff, Prime Minister, Saxony-Anhalt, at the groundbreaking

What we do in Leuna

UPM is leading the way and investing in the biochemicals industry of tomorrow. Bioeconomy inspires us, and we want to create a future beyond fossils.

We are building the world's first biorefinery in Leuna, Germany. Our biochemicals are made from responsibly sourced hardwood and have a radically improved CO2 footprint compared to fossil-based alternatives.

Our renewable Bio-Monoethylene Glycol (BioMEG) will serve as a base material for various industrial products and consumer goods, such as PET bottles, packaging materials, polyester textiles and engine & battery coolants. Our renewable Bio-Monopropylene Glycol (BioMPG) will be ready to be converted into cleaning agents, deicing fluids, fragrances, and cosmetics.

As they can be fully integrated into existing production and recycling processes, they enable the transformation of the entire chemicals value chain towards renewable circularity.

Our Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF) are a completely new, renewable product and sustainable alternative to replace carbon black and precipitated silica in various rubber end uses such as automotive, weather strips, hoses, sealings and other rubber and plastics applications.


Our biorefinery under construction – watch the progress here


Once operational, our new biorefinery in Leuna, Germany, will ramp up to turn wood into next-generation biochemicals producing sustainable glycols and lignin-based renewable functional fillers.

After the groundbreaking in 2020, the construction of the UPM biorefinery is in full swing. The technical start-up is expected for the end of 2022, with production ramped up in 2023.


Watch the groundbreaking video


Facts and figures

15 hectare

Our construction site is roughly 20 times the size of a football field.

2020 to 2023

The biorefinery is expected to be operational by the end of 2022 and ramp up in 2023.

> 100 Jobs

We are building a new organization and are recruiting for various roles in Leuna.

4 Products

Bio-Monoethylene Glycol (BioMEG), Bio-Monopropylene Glycol (BioMPG), Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF), Industrial Sugar




The Federal President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, visited UPM's state-of-the-art biochemicals facility in Leuna, Germany. During a series of visits to innovative industry champions in Eastern Germany, Steinmeier wants to increase the visibility of positive economic development in the region. Steinmeier chose businesses that enable the industry's transformation to become more sustainable and support the transition of the economy to an innovative chemical industry hub following the exit of coal mining and coal-based value chains in Germany.



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