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This is UPM Kymi
As an active and responsible player in the  bioeconomy  and  circular economy,  we manufacture fully recyclable paper and pulp products. Our products are made from wood, a renewable resource harvested from sustainably managed forests.

Thank you for getting to know us.
From challenge to opportunity
The world’s increasing population and rising standards of living are also increasing consumption. At the same time, natural resources are dwindling and climate change is progressing. The bioeconomy and circular economy offer opportunities to help find solutions to these problems.
Wood fibres as well as side streams and residues of wood processing are building blocks of the future. At UPM Kymi, we use 100% of our most important raw material: wood. Wood-based products are mostly recyclable and can also replace the use of fossil-based materials.
The UPM Kymi mill integrate builds on the synergies in efficient pulp and paper production as illustrated in the below graph
Debarking
Pulp mill
PCC plant
Paper mill
Bark sand used
in soil for gardens and parks.
Conifer and birch pulp in bales for various paper grades, board and tissue. Tall oil and turpentine as residuals. Energy for the mills and local consumption.
PCC plant
Schaefer Kalk Finland Oy.
Paper products for magazines, catalogues, advertising, office papers and sticky labels.
Biological waste water treatment.
Over 4 million m³ of wood per year (birch, pine and spruce).
Flue gases of lime kiln (carbon dioxide).
PCC precipitated calcium carbonate.
Use: As paper filler material.
Softwood and birch pulp. Steam, electricity.
Bark
Steam and electricity.
Wood chips and saw dust.
Biofuel power plant
Kymin Voima Oy
Bark and sludge from the waste water treatment plant are incinerated at Kymin Voima. The power plant produces energy for Kymi mills and local consumption.
Ash is applied in forests to recycle nutrients back into the soil, and in land construction.
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This is UPM Kymi
As an active and responsible player in the  bioeconomy  and  circular economy , we manufacture fully recyclable paper and pulp products. Our products are made from wood, a renewable resource harvested from sustainably managed forests.

Thank you for getting to know us.
From challenge to opportunity
The world’s increasing population and rising standards of living are also increasing consumption. At the same time, natural resources are dwindling and climate change is progressing. The bioeconomy and circular economy offer opportunities to help find solutions to these problems.
Wood fibres as well as side streams and residues of wood processing are building blocks of the future. At UPM Kymi, we use 100% of our most important raw material: wood. Wood-based products are mostly recyclable and can also replace the use of fossil-based materials.
The UPM Kymi mill integrate builds on the synergies in efficient pulp and paper production as illustrated in the below graph
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Responsible water use
Kymi river provides people with drinking water and opportunities
for business and leisure. The Kymi mills use water from Kymi river in paper and pulp production processes. The water is circulated several times and only a small portion of water leaves as effluent and is being replaced with fresh water. Before releasing water back to the river, it is carefully treated at the wastewater treatment plant and the quality is constantly monitored.
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decrease in  phosphorus emissions
(total amount of phosphorus emissions per pulp tonne in 2010-2019)
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decrease in  COD emissions
(amount of oxygen reduction caused by organic compounds per pulp tonne from 2010-2019)
Despite the significant increase of pulp production, the AOX and COD emissions have decreased considerably due to investments made in the modern process technology.
Our commitments by 2030
(from 2008 levels)
- Use 100% recycled nutrients in effluent treatment
- Reduce wastewater volume by 30%
- Reduce effluent (COD) load by 40%
UPM supports the Baltic Sea Action Group's operations to prevent  eutrophication
One of our 2030 environmental responsibility targets for water is to use only recycled nutrients at our biological wastewater treatment plants. We aim to utilise local operators’ sidestreams and this way reduce local eutrophication while also promoting the circular economy.

To achieve this target, we collaborate with various operators and non-governmental organisations, such as the 
Baltic Sea Action Group.
Using recycled nutrients in our wastewater treatment while reducing wastewater volume and COD emissions supports the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
We aim to use water responsibly and to minimise the impact of our operations on water resources
Learn more
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Air quality
In Finland, cities are responsible for monitoring the air quality in their region. Air quality is affected by, among other things, by respirable small particles as well as sulfur and nitrogen compounds. In addition, odorous sulfur compounds (TRS) are measured in cities with pulp mills.

At UPM Kymi, we constantly follow emissions into the air based on the mill’s own real-time measurement.
Reducing sulphur dioxode
In recent decades pulp mills’ emissions into the air have been systematically decreased by means of new technology. In 2019, Kymi pulp mill’s NOx emissions were significantly reduced thanks to air distribution adjustments made at the recovery boiler.

The air quality in Kouvola is good.
View the air quality monitoring information
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decrease in  sulphur dioxide  (SO2) emissions from 2010-2019
(In pulp production)
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distance on a  passenger ferry
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return ferry trips  from Helsinki to Tallinn
Greenhouse gas emissions consist of e.g. carbon dioxide (CO₂) and certain other gases. They have a warming effect on the climate and arise especially from the use of fossil fuels. Minimising the use of fossil fuels is the most important way to mitigate climate change.
Move the slider to explore the impact of achieving our target
CO₂ emissions  per tonne of produced pulp
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The reduction is equivalent to the carbon footprint of
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Emissions in 2019
Target in 2020
UPM’s goal is to reduce CO₂ emissions from fuels and purchased electricity by 65 percent from the 2015 levels by 2030. We also aim to reduce the emission levels of our supply chain by 30 percent. A road map to achieve this target is currently being implemented.
UPM commits to the United Nations Global Compact’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C, joining leading companies in a promise to pursue science-based measures to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. UPM will strive to mitigate climate change and drive value creation through innovating novel products, committing to a 65% CO₂ emission reduction and by practicing sustainable forestry.
Moving from fossils to bioeconomy – Forests, wood-based products and low-carbon electricity all play a role in climate change mitigation
Learn more
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Reducing waste
Whenever waste is incinerated or sent to landfill, it releases harmful chemicals into the air and the ground. It is important to minimise this by recycling or reusing waste.

At the moment, less than one third of UPM Kymi’s waste goes to landfill. Our aim is to find more sustainable uses and destinations for all of our waste so that by 2030, we are no longer sending any of it to landfill.
In 2019
The  total amount of waste  generated at UPM Kymi was approx. 24,400 tonnes.
A little over one third was take to landfill, the majority of which being green liquor dregs.
Debarking
Pulp mill
PCC plant
Paper mill
Biofuel power plant
Bark sand used
in soil for gardens and parks.
Conifer and birch pulp in bales for various paper grades, board and tissue. Tall oil and turpentine as residuals. Energy for the mills and local consumption.
PCC plant
Schaefer Kalk Finland Oy.
Paper products for magazines, catalogues, advertising, office papers and sticky labels.
Kymin Voima Oy
Bark and sludge from the waste water treatment plant are incinerated at Kymin Voima. The power plant produces energy for Kymi mills and local consumption.
Ash is applied in forests to recycle nutrients back into the soil, and in land construction.
Biological waste water treatment.
Over 4 million m³ of wood per year (birch, pine and spruce).
Flue gases of lime kiln (carbon dioxide).
PCC precipitated calcium carbonate.
Use: As paper filler material.
Softwood and birch pulp. Steam, electricity.
Bark
Steam and electricity.
Wood chips and saw dust.
UPM aims to reuse all waste generated in the mill processes.
0 solid waste to landfill is our goal by 2030
A breakthrough in recycling ash
After around 20 years of research, UPM has developed a new method for producing PCC (precipitated calcium carbonate) from ash, a by-product of our production process. This method is a huge step forward because it saves energy and makes use of ash that could otherwise go to landfill; as most of UPM’s waste material is comprised of ash from bioenergy production, this can have a massive impact on our overall sustainability. The PCC that is produced can be used as a paper filler material, which makes it useful for UPM Kymi’s production process.
Learn more about the breakthrough
Reducing the amount of solid waste we send to landfill supports the achievement United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
With focus on circular economy, we are developing renewable and recyclable materials from wood-based biomass, and we aim to continuously improve resource-efficiency in production
Learn more
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Bioenergy producer
Using renewable energy saves resources and produces less harmful emissions than the alternatives.

Nearly all of the energy used at the Kymi mill site is wood-based and generated from process residues at the mill site. For example, the pulp mill produces a significant amount of wood-based electricity and heat as a side stream of pulp production.
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of energy used in 2019 was from  renewable fuels.
At the UPM Kymi pulp mill, the main source of thermal energy and electricity is black liquor – a byproduct of the pulp production process – which contains mainly lignin dissolved in wood.

The main fuels of the Kymin Voima Oy power plant are wood bark and wood chips. District heating and electricity produced from renewable fuels are also supplied to the city of Kouvola.
In Finland the  share of renewable energy  of all energy consumption was 37% in 2019.
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Finland
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UPM aims to have a continuous share of 70% of renewable fuels
By using more renewable fuels than non-renewable ones, we will support the achievement of
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7:
Affordable and clean energy
We aim to increase efficient use and share of renewable and low emission energy
Learn more
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Certified fibre
UPM operates according to the principles of sustainable forestry. We use certified wood whenever possible and promote the use of certified wood globally.

We know the origin of the wood we use as all our wood supplies are covered by a third-party verified chain of custody certificates under the FSC® (FSC-C011143) and PEFC™.
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The  proportion of PEFC™ and/or FSC® certified fibre  in pulp and paper production.
Forest certifications are a proof of sustainable forestry.
Both the PEFC™ and FSC® are organisations dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification.
Facts about certification:
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of all fibres used by UPM globally are certified
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of UPM's own forests and plantations are certified
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of all forests in Finland are certified
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of all forests in the world are certified
Our goal is to use only certified fibre by 2030
Using only certified fibre supports the achievement of
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15:
Life on land
Our aim is to ensure sustainable land use, keep forests full of life and secure forest ecosystem services
Learn more
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Our local impacts
Companies have a positive impact on their communities by contributing taxes and paying salaries to employees, which in turn stimulates the local economy.

In 2019, UPM Kymi generated around €22 million in taxes and a local consumption impact of around €39 million. This money strengthens local economic vitality and covers the costs of public services.
Our tax impact
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Real estate tax
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Estimate of corporate income tax
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in taxes
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Impacts on local consumption*
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People & community
Our cooperation with schools enhances learning and knowledge about sustainablity.

In 2019, UPM Kymi employed 747 people. Thanks to our strict safety policy and procedures, we had zero lost time accidents at site. Events aimed at pupils, students and
young people in general reached approximately 8,000 people.
Local employment in 2019
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own personnel
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people providing products, materials and services to UPM Kymi
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summer workers (during the holiday season)
UPM is the biggest private sector employer in Kouvola.
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of  all workforce in Kouvola  region.
Employee safety
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2010
2012
2014
2016
2018
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Number of accidents  leading to sick leave (2019) 
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Our ultimate goal is zero accidents in our operations
By minimising workplace accidents, we will support the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
We aim to increase growth with focus on bioeconomy, and improve safe and rewarding working environment for employees
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Local cooperation
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schoolchildren and students explored our industry and the job opportunies we have.
Student cooperation
We encourage young people to familialise with the modern bioforest industry and the variety of job opportunities we have/it has. In 2019, events aimed at pupils, students and
young people in general reached approximately 8,000 people.
The collaboration between us and the students was active both ways; we organised visits at Kymi mills and our experts visited schools as forest ambassadors to promote the industry. In 2019, the two biggest events were the "KouAhead" for 9th graders and the "Lifecycle of a commercial forest", a two-day-trip for all 6th graders in the region. 
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6th graders joined "The lifecycle of a commercial forest" forest hikes, where they planted trees and learned about forestry and our wood-based products.

The event was organized by UPM, the Finnish Forest Association and 4H. 
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Sustainable forestry
Trees are vital to life on earth because they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and maintain biodiversity.

We operate according to the principles of sustainable forestry. Safeguarding the biological diversity in the forests is an essential part of our operations. We use certified wood whenever possible and promote the use of certified wood globally. We know the origin of the wood we use as all our wood supplies are covered by a third-party verified chain of custody certificates under the FSC® (FSC-C011143) and PEFC™.
Sustainable forest management does not cause deforestation but keeps forests growing for future generations. 

To ensure continued growth, we plant 4 trees for every 1 harvested.
Economic interests go hand in hand with climate interests.
Healthy forest growth creates carbon sinks that capture CO₂. Our sustainably managed forests absorb 390 million tons of CO₂ from the atmosphere.

That’s the same as the total carbon footprint of Finland’s population

7 times over
Forests are a source of renewable raw material that can replace fossil-based materials.
Our target is to develop our activities to increase biodiversity in our forests
In November 2018, we set an ambitious goal to increase biodiversity in our company forests in Finland, with specific targets to help us measure our success. We are fully committed to this initiative, which forms part of our broader goals for 2030.
Learn more about our biodiversity goal
Increasing biodiversity in forests supports the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on land
Our aim is to ensure sustainable land use and keep forests full of life, and secure forest ecosystem services
Learn more
Take a virtual tour in a Finnish forest with UPM Forest Life
UPM Forest Life is an educational application where you can take an interactive walk through one of our forests in Finland. Moving along a path of your choice and at your own pace, you'll see forestry professionals at work, explore the different uses for the forest and learn about the plant and animal life that calls it home.
Open UPM Forest Life
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Our work towards shared global goals
UPM's Biofore strategy guides us in the achievement of our responsibility targets for 2030 and our contribution to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
What are SDGs?
We have identified the SDGs and respective targets where we can have the biggest positive impact through our operation, products and solutions, or where we aim to minimise our negative impact.
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About us
UPM Kymi, located in Kouvola’s Kuusankoski district, is a modern mill integrate that produces paper, pulp and energy.
The mill site, located on the shore of the Kymijoki river, is home to the UPM Kymi pulp mill and UPM Communication Papers Oy’s Kymi paper mill. The key products of these mills are uncoated and coated fine paper as well as bleached birch and softwood pulp. The pulp mill is also a significant producer of bioenergy. In addition, pulp production generates crude tall oil and turpentine, which are used in the production of bioeconomy products.

At the Kymi paper mill, two paper machines and coaters are used in paper production. The finishing and refining processes include the sheeting lines for office papers and large graphic sheets. Fine paper production uses 100% chemical pulp.

Birch, pine and spruce are used as raw materials.

In 2019, paper and pulp mills and the UPM functios employed 747 people in total at UPM Kymi site.

Kymin Voima Oy’s biofuel power plant and Schaefer Kalk Finland Oy’s calcium carbonate production plant also operate at the mill site. These production units contribute to the circular economy at the site.

UPM has had a significant impact on the birth and development of the local community in Kouvola for almost 150 years. Kymi was founded in 1872 and the first paper machine started production in 1873. The first tonnes of pulp were produced in 1886. We still have a significant impact on the area as a taxpayer as well as an employer.
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Responsible water use
We minimise water use and treat wastewater to help keep Kymijoki rivel clean.
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About us
The UPM Kymi in Kuusankoski, Kouvola, and by the Kymi river consists of a paper and pulp mill.
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Bioenergy producer
We reduce constantly our energy use and rely on renewable and low-emission energy.
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Air quality
At UPM Kymi we are continually improving our targets and processes to minimise emissions.
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Reducing waste
We are working hard to become a zero solid waste to landfill unit.
Learn more
Certified fibre
Certified fibres mean you can be sure the raw material of products you use come from responsibly managed forests.
Learn more
Sustainable forestry
We think forests are a precious resource that can help in the fight against climate change.
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Welcome to Kymi.

UPM Kymi in Kouvola, Finland brings together a modern pulp and paper mill producing coated and uncoated fine paper and bleached birch and softwood pulp. In 2019, UPM Kymi employed 747 people.

This report shows you some examples of the good progress we have taken in responsibility and the positive impacts in a surrounding communities.
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People & community
The wellbeing of people matters to us. We work hard to uphold the health and safety of our employees, suppliers and the local residents.
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Our local impact
Our activities have many positive impacts in the region.
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United Nations member states have agreed on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets to address the global economic, social and environmental challenges by 2030. UPM is committed to support the SDGs and have identified the six SDGs and respective targets where we can have the biggest positive impact through our operation, products and solutions, or where we aim to minimise our negative impact.
UPM Biofore - Beyond Fossils
Annual Report 2019 (PDF)
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Responsible water use
Kymi river provides people with drinking water and opportunities
for business and leisure.

The Kymi mills use water from Kymi river in paper and pulp production processes. The water is circulated several times and only a small portion of water leaves as effluent and is being replaced with fresh water. Before releasing water back to the river, it is carefully treated at the wastewater treatment plant and the quality is constantly monitored.
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decrease in  phosphorus emissions
(total amount of phosphorus emissions per pulp tonne in 2010-2019)
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decrease in  COD emissions
(amount of oxygen reduction caused by organic compounds per pulp tonne from 2010-2019)
Despite the significant increase of pulp production, the AOX and COD emissions have decreased considerably due to investments made in the modern process technology.
Our commitments by 2030
(from 2008 levels)
• Use 100% recycled nutrients in effluent treatment

• Reduce wastewater volume by 30%

• Reduce effluent (COD) load by 40%
UPM supports the Baltic Sea Action Group's operations to prevent  eutrophication
One of our 2030 environmental responsibility targets for water is to use only recycled nutrients at our biological wastewater treatment plants. We aim to utilise local operators’ sidestreams and this way reduce local eutrophication while also promoting the circular economy.

To achieve this target, we collaborate with various operators and non-governmental organisations, such as the 
Baltic Sea Action Group .
Using recycled nutrients in our wastewater treatment while reducing wastewater volume and COD emissions supports the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
We aim to use water responsibly and to minimise the impact of our operations on water resources
Learn more
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Air quality
In Finland, cities are responsible for monitoring the air quality in their region. Air quality is affected by, among other things, by respirable small particles as well as sulfur and nitrogen compounds. In addition, odorous sulfur compounds (TRS) are measured in cities with pulp mills.

At UPM Kymi, we constantly follow emissions into the air based on the mill’s own real-time measurement.
Reducing sulphur dioxode
In recent decades pulp mills’ emissions into the air have been systematically decreased by means of new technology. In 2019, Kymi pulp mill’s NOx emissions were significantly reduced thanks to air distribution adjustments made at the recovery boiler.

The air quality in Kouvola is good.
View the air quality monitoring information
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decrease in  sulphur dioxide  (SO2) emissions from 2010-2019
(In pulp production)
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distance on a  passenger ferry
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return ferry trips  from Helsinki to Tallinn
Greenhouse gas emissions consist of e.g. carbon dioxide (CO₂) and certain other gases. They have a warming effect on the climate and arise especially from the use of fossil fuels. Minimising the use of fossil fuels is the most important way to mitigate climate change.
Move the slider to explore the impact of achieving our target
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Emissions in 2019
Target in 2020
CO₂ emissions  per tonne of produced pulp
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UPM’s goal is to reduce CO₂ emissions from fuels and purchased electricity by 65 percent from the 2015 levels by 2030. We also aim to reduce the emission levels of our supply chain by 30 percent. A road map to achieve this target is currently being implemented.
UPM commits to the United Nations Global Compact’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C, joining leading companies in a promise to pursue science-based measures to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. UPM will strive to mitigate climate change and drive value creation through innovating novel products, committing to a 65% CO₂ emission reduction and by practicing sustainable forestry.
Moving from fossils to bioeconomy – Forests, wood-based products and low-carbon electricity all play a role in climate change mitigation
Learn more
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Reducing waste
Whenever waste is incinerated or sent to landfill, it releases harmful chemicals into the air and the ground. It is important to minimise this by recycling or reusing waste.

At the moment, less than one third of UPM Kymi’s waste goes to landfill. Our aim is to find more sustainable uses and destinations for all of our waste so that by 2030, we are no longer sending any of it to landfill.
In 2019
The  total amount of waste  generated at UPM Kymi was approx. 24,400 tonnes.
A little over one third was take to landfill, the majority of which being green liquor dregs.
UPM aims to reuse all waste generated in the mill processes.
0 solid waste to landfill is our goal by 2030
A breakthrough in recycling ash
After around 20 years of research, UPM has developed a new method for producing PCC (precipitated calcium carbonate) from ash, a by-product of our production process. This method is a huge step forward because it saves energy and makes use of ash that could otherwise go to landfill; as most of UPM’s waste material is comprised of ash from bioenergy production, this can have a massive impact on our overall sustainability. The PCC that is produced can be used as a paper filler material, which makes it useful for UPM Kymi’s production process.
Learn more about the breakthrough
Reducing the amount of solid waste we send to landfill supports the achievement United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12:
Responsible consumption and production
With focus on circular economy, we are developing renewable and recyclable materials from wood-based biomass, and we aim to continuously improve resource-efficiency in production
Learn more
UPM  IMPACTS
Bioenergy producer
Using renewable energy saves resources and produces less harmful emissions than the alternatives.

Nearly all of the energy used at the Kymi mill site is wood-based and generated from process residues at the mill site. For example, the pulp mill produces a significant amount of wood-based electricity and heat as a side stream of pulp production.
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of energy used in 2019 was from  renewable fuels.
At the UPM Kymi pulp mill, the main source of thermal energy and electricity is black liquor – a byproduct of the pulp production process – which contains mainly lignin dissolved in wood.

The main fuels of the Kymin Voima Oy power plant are wood bark and wood chips. District heating and electricity produced from renewable fuels are also supplied to the city of Kouvola.
In Finland the  share of renewable energy  of all energy consumption was 37% in 2019.
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Finland
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UPM aims to have a continuous share of 70% of renewable fuels
By using more renewable fuels than non-renewable ones, we will support the achievement of
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7:
Affordable and clean energy
We aim to increase efficient use and share of renewable and low emission energy
Learn more
UPM  IMPACTS
Certified fibre
UPM operates according to the principles of sustainable forestry. We use certified wood whenever possible and promote the use of certified wood globally.

We know the origin of the wood we use as all our wood supplies are covered by a third-party verified chain of custody certificates under the FSC® (FSC-C011143) and PEFC™.
Forest certifications are a proof of sustainable forestry.
Both the PEFC™ and FSC® are organisations dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification.
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of all fibres used by UPM globally are certified
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of all forests in Finland are certified
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of UPM's own forests and plantations are certified
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of all forests in the world are certified
Our goal is to use only certified fibre by 2030
Using only certified fibre supports the achievement of
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15:
Life on land
Our aim is to ensure sustainable land use, keep forests full of life and secure forest ecosystem services
Learn more
UPM  IMPACTS
Our local impacts
Companies have a positive impact on their communities by contributing taxes and paying salaries to employees, which in turn stimulates the local economy.

In 2019, UPM Kymi generated around €22 million in taxes and a local consumption impact of around €39 million. This money strengthens local economic vitality and covers the costs of public services.
Our tax impact
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Real estate tax
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Estimate of corporate income tax
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in taxes
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Impacts on local consumption*
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Local consumption impact equals to
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People & community
Our cooperation with schools enhances learning and knowledge about sustainablity.

In 2019, UPM Kymi employed 747 people. Thanks to our strict safety policy and procedures, we had zero lost time accidents at site. Events aimed at pupils, students and
young people in general reached approximately 8,000 people.
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UPM is the biggest private sector employer in Kouvola.
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Number of accidents  leading to sick leave (2019) 
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Our ultimate goal is zero accidents in our operations
By minimising workplace accidents, we will support the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
We aim to increase growth with focus on bioeconomy, and improve safe and rewarding working environment for employees
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Local cooperation
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schoolchildren and students explored our industry and the job opportunies we have.
Student cooperation
We encourage young people to familialise with the modern bioforest industry and the variety of job opportunities we have/it has. In 2019, events aimed at pupils, students and
young people in general reached approximately 8,000 people.
The collaboration between us and the students was active both ways; we organised visits at Kymi mills and our experts visited schools as forest ambassadors to promote the industry. In 2019, the two biggest events were the "KouAhead" for 9th graders and the "Lifecycle of a commercial forest", a two-day-trip for all 6th graders in the region. 
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6th graders joined "The lifecycle of a commercial forest" forest hikes, where they planted trees and learned about forestry and our wood-based products.

The event was organized by UPM, the Finnish Forest Association and 4H. 
UPM  IMPACTS
Sustainable forestry
Trees are vital to life on earth because they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and maintain biodiversity.

We operate according to the principles of sustainable forestry. Safeguarding the biological diversity in the forests is an essential part of our operations. We use certified wood whenever possible and promote the use of certified wood globally. We know the origin of the wood we use as all our wood supplies are covered by a third-party verified chain of custody certificates under the FSC® (FSC-C011143) and PEFC™.
Sustainable forest management does not cause deforestation but keeps forests growing for future generations. 

To ensure continued growth, we plant 4 trees for every 1 harvested.
Economic interests go hand in hand with climate interests.
Healthy forest growth creates carbon sinks that capture CO₂. Our sustainably managed forests absorb 390 million tons of CO₂ from the atmosphere.

That’s the same as the total carbon footprint of Finland’s population

7 times over
Forests are a source of renewable raw material that can replace fossil-based materials.
Our target is to develop our activities to increase biodiversity in our forests
In November 2018, we set an ambitious goal to increase biodiversity in our company forests in Finland, with specific targets to help us measure our success. We are fully committed to this initiative, which forms part of our broader goals for 2030.
Learn more about our biodiversity goal
Increasing biodiversity in forests supports the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on land
Our aim is to ensure sustainable land use and keep forests full of life, and secure forest ecosystem services
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Take a virtual tour in a Finnish forest with UPM Forest Life
UPM Forest Life is an educational application where you can take an interactive walk through one of our forests in Finland. Moving along a path of your choice and at your own pace, you'll see forestry professionals at work, explore the different uses for the forest and learn about the plant and animal life that calls it home.
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UPM  IMPACTS
Our work towards shared global goals
UPM's Biofore strategy guides us in the achievement of our responsibility targets for 2030 and our contribution to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
What are SDGs?
We have identified the SDGs and respective targets where we can have the biggest positive impact through our operation, products and solutions, or where we aim to minimise our negative impact.
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UPM  IMPACTS
About us
UPM Kymi, located in Kouvola’s Kuusankoski district, is a modern mill integrate that produces paper, pulp and energy.
The mill site, located on the shore of the Kymijoki river, is home to the UPM Kymi pulp mill and UPM Communication Papers Oy’s Kymi paper mill. The key products of these mills are uncoated and coated fine paper as well as bleached birch and softwood pulp. The pulp mill is also a significant producer of bioenergy. In addition, pulp production generates crude tall oil and turpentine, which are used in the production of bioeconomy products.

At the Kymi paper mill, two paper machines and coaters are used in paper production. The finishing and refining processes include the sheeting lines for office papers and large graphic sheets. Fine paper production uses 100% chemical pulp.

Birch, pine and spruce are used as raw materials.

In 2019, paper and pulp mills and the UPM functios employed 747 people in total at UPM Kymi site.

Kymin Voima Oy’s biofuel power plant and Schaefer Kalk Finland Oy’s calcium carbonate production plant also operate at the mill site. These production units contribute to the circular economy at the site.

UPM has had a significant impact on the birth and development of the local community in Kouvola for almost 150 years. Kymi was founded in 1872 and the first paper machine started production in 1873. The first tonnes of pulp were produced in 1886. We still have a significant impact on the area as a taxpayer as well as an employer.
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Welcome to Kymi.
UPM Kymi in Kouvola, Finland brings together a modern pulp and paper mill producing coated and uncoated fine paper and bleached birch and softwood pulp. In 2019, UPM Kymi employed 747 people.

This report shows you some examples of the good progress we have taken in responsibility and the positive impacts in a surrounding communities.
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Our local impact
Our activities have many positive impacts in the region.
People & community
The wellbeing of people matters to us. We work hard to uphold the health and safety of our employees, suppliers and the local residents.
Responsible water use
We minimise water use and treat wastewater to help keep Kymijoki rivel clean.
About us
The UPM Kymi in Kuusankoski, Kouvola, and by the Kymi river consists of a paper and pulp mill.
Bioenergy producer
We reduce constantly our energy use and rely on renewable and low-emission energy.
United Nations member states have agreed on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets to address the global economic, social and environmental challenges by 2030. UPM is committed to support the SDGs and have identified the six SDGs and respective targets where we can have the biggest positive impact through our operation, products and solutions, or where we aim to minimise our negative impact.
UPM Biofore - Beyond Fossils
Annual Report 2019 (PDF)
Air quality
At UPM Kymi we are continually improving our targets and processes to minimise emissions.
Reducing waste
We are working hard to become a zero solid waste to landfill unit.
Certified fibre
Certified fibres mean you can be sure the raw material of products you use come from responsibly managed forests.
Sustainable forestry
We think forests are a precious resource that can help in the fight against climate change.
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Softwood and birch pulp. Steam, electricity.
PCC precipitated calcium carbonate.
Use: As paper filler material.
Flue gases of lime kiln (carbon dioxide).
Over 4 million m³ of wood per year (birch, pine and spruce).
Biological waste water treatment.
Kymin Voima Oy
Bark and sludge from the waste water treatment plant are incinerated at Kymin Voima. The power plant produces energy for Kymi mills and local consumption.

Ash is applied in forests to recycle nutrients back into the soil, and in land construction.
Paper products for magazines, catalogues, advertising, office papers and sticky labels.
PCC plant
Schaefer Kalk Finland Oy.
Conifer and birch pulp in bales for various paper grades, board and tissue. Tall oil and turpentine as residuals. Energy for the mills and local consumption.
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