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UPM establishes sustainable wood-delivery option for biorefinery in Leuna, Germany, with DB Cargo

The first deliveries of wood have now been made to the Leuna biorefinery by rail in partnership with DB Cargo. (Photo: UPM)

UPM Biochemicals announced March 14 an important milestone in the development of its biorefinery in Leuna, Germany.



In partnership with DB Cargo, the first deliveries of wood have now been made to Leuna by rail, establishing and testing the direct-rail link to the Leuna operations’ wood yard.



This will enable UPM to transport wood sustainably and to strengthen local supply chains, increasing the security of supply with critical raw materials.



The wood-handling and processing activities have started as part of the commissioning and start-up work for the biorefinery.


Photo: UPM

The first wood chips made from sustainably managed regional forests have been produced, confirming the overall progress made on site.



UPM has invested 1.18 billion euros (USD$1.29 billion) to build what it says is the world’s first industrial-scale biorefinery in Leuna that will convert sustainably sourced, certified hardwood into next-generation biochemical, enabling a vital shift away from fossil-based to renewable materials across a wide range of industries.



The Leuna biorefinery is part of a broader growth area, UPM Biorefining, which is scaling refineries to produce a variety of renewable fuels and chemicals made from sustainable biomass.



“We are excited to welcome the first rail-based wood transports at our newly established wood yard in Leuna,” said Andreas Meggendorfer, the director of supply chain and sourcing at UPM Biochemicals. “We will offer fully sustainable renewable chemicals with a significantly better CO2 footprint compared to fossil alternatives. It is paramount that we work on strategies to continuously optimize the environmental performance of our products further. Using rail as a transport mode does exactly that. And by partnering with DB Cargo, we can now rely on a well-known and capable rail-logistics partner and have built a resilient and sustainable wood-logistics setup for our biorefinery in Leuna.”



DB Cargo, specialists in the sustainable and climate-friendlier transport of goods, is a long-standing partner for timber transportation in the rail sector and has been handling UPM’s paper and pulp freight for several years.



“UPM and DB Cargo have been linked by a successful partnership for rail-based inbound logistics of timber for many years,” said Thorsten Wartenpfuhl, an executive with DB Cargo. “We are therefore very pleased to now be an important supply chain partner for UPM at the new biorefinery in Leuna.”



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