UPM BioPura™ bMEG
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A completely new generation of MEG – renewable and sustainable

Monoethylene glycols (MEG) are organic chemical compounds used as raw materials in multiple commercial and manufacturing applications. While conventional glycols are made from oil or natural gas, UPM BioPura™ renewable monoethylene glycol (bMEG) is produced from carbon-neutral feedstocks. UPM BioPura™ bMEG is set to transform the materials industry and redefine sustainability targets worldwide.

Our UPM BioPura™ is a so called second generation biochemical. We rely on sustainably sourced hardwood as our feedstock which is taken from sustainably managed, certified forests and produced on land not competing with agricultural uses. This also means that our renewable MEG does not require additional land being turned into agricultural use, it does not require fertilizing, the use of pesticides or irrigation.

Replacing fossil-based products with a renewable alternative

UPM BioPura™ renewable monoethylene glycols (bMEG) are innovative, straightforward and uncompromisingly sustainable, these drop-in products are designed to replace fossil-based alternatives quickly and easily. UPM BioPura™ has a vast range of applications across multiple industries, making it highly competitive and versatile.

With outstanding performance across all existing recycling processes, UPM BioPura™ bMEG contributes to a fully sustainable circular economy. It will transform the sustainability performance of your products and help you radically improve your brand’s CO₂ footprint.


Easy of use with unique value add!

Significantly reduced CO₂ footprint!

UPM BioPura™ is made of CO₂ negative renewable feedstock and has a significantly reduced CO₂ footprint compared to fossil-based MEG. Our aim is to offer CO₂ negative UPM BioPura™ in the mid-term.

100% renewable carbon.

We use sustainably sourced, certified wood from local forests, offering a renewable, future proof source of carbon. Highest environmental and social standards are inbuilt to our wood sourcing approach.

Sustainable drop-in!

UPM BioPura™ is a like for like replacement for fossil-based MEG - working in all established processes from production through recycling. Tested performance with strong value add.

Vegan and GMO-free!

Consumer choice dictates brands to embrace increasingly higher sustainability standards. UPM BioPura™ is certified vegan and halal and due to its natural renewable feedstock guaranteed GMO-free.


UPM BioPura™ - enabling sustainable brands in multiple end-uses

UPM BioPura™ can be used in all MEG applications - without any compromise and with an additional value add: increased sustainability performance. Our renewable MEG is the start of a new category of sustainable chemicals, especially relevant for consumer brands targeting superior sustainability performance. Some of the most relevant end-uses are PET, Polyester and coolants for battery and engine cars.

PET: The next step in sustainable packaging - renewable circularity

UPM BioPura™ MEG is the first to market renewable second generation MEG ready to be used for the production of PET for packaging applications. At the same time, consumers are increasingly focusing on the sustainability performance of their packaging solutions. Adding a biobased PET to an ever-stronger circular economy is the key to the future of sustainable packaging.

We strongly believe in biobased circularity as the foundation for a sustainable packaging sector in the future. While recycling remains its main pillar, by consistently increasing the use of renewable raw materials, such as UPM BioPura™ MEG, processed at our Leuna biorefinery, we can fill the gap material losses made in recycling or additional volume growth with truly sustainable alternatives. Ultimately, that results in a holistically sustainable circular economy – and the foundation for a healthier planet as well as a convincing response to consumers sustainability needs.

A truly sustainable option for polyesters

UPM BioPura™ MEG is a sustainable ingredient for the production of polyester fibres - used in apparel and special yarns (e.g. seat belts). Polyesters are one of the most commonly used fabrics. Today's production is entirely based on fossil raw materials and to some extend on the use of recycled PET obtained from other end-uses such as packaging. In other words, material cycles the clothing industry does not contribute to. A truly sustainable option for polyesters is missing to date and UPM BioPura™ MEG offers a save way to enter the production of sustainable, CO₂ optimized polysters fibres. Premium clothing brands will require sustainable fabrics - polyesters with UPM BioPura™ MEG will offer unchallenged technical performance with enhanced sustainability credentials.

Cool and sustainable – Industrial Coolants

The mobility of the future will build on resource efficiency and radically improved CO₂ footprints in order to meet tightening regulatory environments and increasing consumer expectations. Electric Vehicles are the backbone of a more sustainable fleet. Every car needs several litres of coolants to maintain a consistent and safe temperature of engines and batteries. Current coolants are made from CO₂ intensive non sustainable fossil based chemicals. UPM BioPura™ can be used as the key raw material for engine coolant concentrates which usually consist of 95% MEG and 5% additives.

In the future, car manufacturers can reduce the overall carbon footprint of the car by using UPM BioPura™ MEG based engine and battery coolants.

UPM BioPura™ MEG can be also used as a thermal fluid e.g. in heating systems and in refrigerating storage houses. All indispensable, well established set-ups for daily use – now possible with “green” auxiliary means.


UPM BioPura™ – key features

UPM BioPura™ is a renewable, drop-in solution that acts as a like-for-like replacement for fossil-based MEG.

• climate neutral feedstocks
• easy to implement
• broad range of applications
• highest industrial standards
• significant reduction of your CO₂ footprint

If you’re interested in exploring the technology and finding out how renewable glycols can transform your business, please contact our team.

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