Sustainable Feedstock from Sustainable Forestry


Wood is a truly renewable raw material. The sustainability of wood-based products also depends on the way the wood is sourced. UPM champions sustainable forest management. Read more about UPM's responsible sourcing here. Sustainable forest management combines the industrial use of wood and the protection and even extension of the positive environmental impact of forests on climate, biodiversity and society, for generations to come.

That’s why 100% of the wood used to produce our UPM BioMotionTM Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF) comes from certified sources ensuring compliance with the principles of sustainable forest management. The origin of wood is always known, and good forest management practices are promoted. Forest growth and renewal are ensured as UPM and our partners grow more forest than is harvested. And it is our key aim to increase the long-term health of forests by enhancing biodiversity and the vital ecosystem attributes of the forest. 

We ensure this, e.g. by using and promoting recognized forest certification schemes such as FSC® and PEFC™. The feedstock used in UPM’s biochemical refinery in Leuna will come exclusively from managed forests that have either FSC® or PEFC™ sustainability certifications.

Sustainable Wood Sourcing for the Leuna Biorefinery

100% of the wood used to produce UPM BioMotionTM in the UPM Biorefinery in Leuna, Germany, is either FSC®- or PEFC™ certified and taken from forest where biodiversity and natural ecosystems are preserved. All our wood is fully traceable, controlled, and covered by a verified third-party chain of custody.

The feedstock for the Leuna facility is hardwood, mainly beech wood. We will utilize wood taken from thinning, industrial beechwood, sawmill side streams, and other residues from the regional wood industry.

Beech trees are native to Germany and their share in German forests is increasing as beech is a species considered central to the countries long-term strategy to transform its forests to become more climate stable.

At the same time, the options for an industrial use of beechwood are limited. Today, more than 60% of the beechwood harvested are used for thermal energy generation – the least climate effective use of wood. Developing a different use for beechwood, UPM will support the increasing the share of native beech trees in German forests as it will support local forest value chains in the region around Leuna. Expanding the industrial use of hardwood in general supports the future goals of climate adaptive forest management and overall helps to improve the biodiversity of forests.