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Peter Balle 

Manager, Sustainability

Paper is one of the most widely used everyday products in the world. It is not only a valued communications and information material but also one of the most sustainable produced materials. This should remain the case today and also tomorrow.

As a chemical engineer with expertise in environmental catalysis I have always had strong interest in environmental protection. In several positions within the area of combustion engines I worked on reducing pollution or even avoiding it completely. Another important focus of my work was and is to develop strategies for sustainable operations and the use of new energy sources, which motivated me to join the UPM Sustainability Team. In my role, I am supporting our customers in all questions they have related to sustainability and I ensure that our manifold projects will be aligned to achieve our ambitious targets.

As a board member of "Outward Bound Germany e.V." I support the organization in the field of teaching and training people, especially young people, to believe in themselves and get in touch with nature.

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Ella Vilén 

Manager, Sustainability

Responsible forestry is key to ensure sustainable forest use, conservation of biodiversity and adaptation to climate change.

My background is in sustainability consulting and assurance, and while I have experience from various industries, UPM is one of the first companies I have worked with. My academic background lies in environmental and business studies, and I consider myself as not an environmental scientist nor an economic but something in between.

My role in the team is to assist Communication Papers' customers, take actions to reach our ambitious sustainability goals and help translate our progress into clear messages.

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