Submitted: The Two Sides Team March 20, 2013
UPM joins WWF’s Global Earth Hour 2013 event, and will turn off the lights at its Group Head Office in Helsinki, Finland, on 23 March 2013 from 20.30 to 21.30 local time. UPM also encourages its employees worldwide to participate in the event at home. This is a symbolic action for UPM, with which the company wants to demonstrate its commitment to playing its part in mitigating climate change. This is the fifth time that UPM is joining the event.
Helsinki, 19 March, 2013 at 10.00 EET) UPM joins WWF’s Global Earth
Hour 2013 event, and will turn off the lights at its Group Head Office
in Helsinki, Finland, on 23 March 2013 from 20.30 to 21.30 local time.
UPM also encourages its employees worldwide to participate in the event
at home. This is a symbolic action for UPM, with which the company wants
to demonstrate its commitment to playing its part in mitigating climate
change. This is the fifth time that UPM is joining the event.
Earth Hour is an important reminder on the importance of actions to
reduce energy consumption and increase the share of renewable energy. In
line with UPMs Biofore strategy, the company is continuously
developing its operations in order to minimize its carbon footprint and
to improve its energy efficiency. UPM has set environmental targets for
2020 of which some were already tightened.
More with Biofore is
UPM way of working and our response to global resource scarcity. UPM
focuses on delivering more with less, and has developed the energy
efficiency of its mills already for 15 years with the help of energy
saving campaigns and energy efficiency investment programmes. As a
result, UPM reduced electricity consumption per ton of paper produced by
24 % during 2002-2012, says Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, Environment, UPM.
of electricity generated by UPM is free from fossil-fuel CO2 emissions
and 65% of all fuels used by UPM is based on renewable biomass. UPM
continues to develop new solutions to reduce fossil CO2 emissions. UPM
is investing in efficient energy generation and will build a new
combined heat and power plant (CHP) at Schongau paper mill in Germany.
Production of wood-based second-generation biofuel will begin in 2014 in
According to WWF, Earth Hour is the largest environmental event in the world.
For further information please contact:
Timo Lehesvirta, Environmental Director, Energy & Pulp, UPM, Tel. +358 400 752 212
Hour is a world-wide event organized by WWF during which people around
the world turn off their lights on the same day at the same time. The
event takes place on Saturday, 23.3.2013 at 20.30-21.30 local time. www.earthhour.org or www.worldwildlife.org
the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable
and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw
materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups:
Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs
around 22,000 people and it has production plants in 17 countries. UPM’s
annual sales exceed EUR 10 billion. UPM’s shares are listed on the
Helsinki stock exchange. UPM The Biofore Company www.upm.com
Biofore vision and consistent work on corporate responsibility has
recently gained recognition from different parties. UPM was listed as
the only forestry and paper company worldwide in the Dow Jones
Sustainability Indexes, and also recognized as the Most Innovative
Company at the 2012 Ethical Corporation Awards. In the Nordic Carbon
Disclosure Leadership Index, UPM was ranked in the first place with top
scores. UPM is one of seven paper producers to receive an award from the
WWF in the category of Transparency during the 2012 WWF Environmental
Paper Awards. www.upmresponsibility.com