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

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



The UPMEOS PROJECT is funded by the European Union's Investment Fund


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 lignin-based Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF) are a completely new, sustainable product and sustainable alternative to replace carbon black and precipitated silica in various rubber end uses such as tires, hoses, rubber floorings and scores of other rubber applications.


Our commitment to a sustainable future

Our wood-based biochemicals offer sustainable, competitive and high-quality solutions for various industries and applications.

Sustainable forestry

Wood from sustainably managed forests

Replacing fossil raw materials

Replacing fossil raw materials with wood-based biochemicals

Climate neutral feedstock

Positive climate impact through CO2 reduction


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. We estimate the technical start-up by the end of 2024.

Our first milestone is the completion of the pipe rack. Pulling the concrete for the fundaments is ongoing, and the first buildings are coming out of the soil.


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Facts and figures

20.000 m²

Our construction site is roughly three 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

Monoethylene-Glycol (MEG), Monopropylene-Glycol (MPG), Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF), Industrial Sugar


Read more about our biorefinery in the press

Baustart für 550 Millionen Euro teure Bioraffinerie in Leuna

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Baustart für Bioraffinerie in Leuna

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Leuna wird Bio - Grundsteinlegung für Vorzeigeprojekt

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The construction of UPM’s innovative biochemicals facility starts in Germany

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