Your partner of choice for climate action and sustainable development

UPM Group is a powerful corporate network specialized in climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainable development

Established in Munich (Germany) in 1991 with the mission to contribute to climate protection and sustainable energy production, UPM Umwelt-Projekt-Management GmbH (UPM) established UPM Environment Engineering Project Management Consulting (Beijing) Co. Ltd. (UPM Beijing), its subsidiary in China, in 2008 in order to support client servicing and project development globally. 

UPM Milestones

The company has a long history of successful climate protection activities and disposes of rich experience in environmental project development and management. 

Dipl. Ing. Nobert Garbers, Civil Construction Engineer, specialist in geophysics with experience in landfill management, established UPM Umwelt-Projekt-Management GmbH (UPM) in 1991 in Munich, Germany. Between 1991 and 2005, the company focused on providing technical assistance & engineering design support to landfill degasification projects in Germany.
In 2006, UPM accelerated its transition toward Sustainable Development and Climate Mitigation actions. The company started developing several CDM projects in Asia on behalf of major European compliance buyers. It also started operating in China, world’s most populated country and second largest economy, facing the enormous challenge to meet its rapidly growing energy demand while having to reduce its massive carbon footprint.
UPM established UPM Environment Engineering Project Management Consulting (Beijing) Co. Ltd. (UPM Beijing), its subsidiary in China, in 2008, in order to support clients’ servicing and project development.  
In 2010, UPM launched its CDM project activities in Pakistan, together with its local cooperation partner Axis Environment Services Co. Ltd. Densely populated Pakistan needs to increase the share of renewables in its energy mix significantly if it is to reduce its serious energy supply shortage and its dependance on expensive fossil fuels. UPM’s Pakistani CDM project pipeline mainly covers Waste Heat Recovery, Fuel Switch to Biomass and Windpower.
Since mid 2011, we develop seven CDM projects in the sector of Waste Water Treatment at different locations in China together with US investor Lakewood Carbon Corp.
In April 2012, UPM successfully registered the first ever Biogas Household Programme of Activities (PoA) under the CDM scheme. One year later, this pioneer climate protection programme also obtained the demanding Gold Standard. The PoA is expected to reduce approximately 20 Mio. tons of carbon emissions throughout its 28 years lifespan.
In November 2013, UPM’s Gold Standard Majority Portfolio Pledge was officially recognised by the Gold Standard Foundation. The Pledge illustrates UPM’s commitment to develop the highest quality offset projects, and to provide its clients with rigorous carbon calculations, industry-leading transparency and the highest-quality clean energy and carbon credits.
In 2015, UPM starts to provide professional service to Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) in Bangladesh for its Biogas Program Monitoring project.
Starting from 2016, UPM starts to provide professional consulting services for clients such as Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including technical assistance for its sustainable sanitation services to refugee communities. UPM provides direct support to the client, and technical assistance to the client’s partners in the Middle East and Africa, including Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon, Senegal, Turkey, as well as other countries.

UPM has been appointed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (the Foundation) to offer technical assistance to the Foundation and its humanitarian and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WSH) grantees in Middle East and Africa. The service scope includes in particular the provision of advisory services on sustainable sanitation solutions to refugee communities and local hosting communities.

This appointment is following a successful initial cooperation on feasibility assessment of Fecal Sludge Treatment and Waste to Value in refugee setting in Jordan and Lebanon. Waste-to-Value projects in refugee setting are not only helping to improve local environmental and social settings, but are also supporting the mitigation of adverse impacts created by and to the climate.

UPM’s Gold Standard and CDM certified Sichuan Household Biogas Programme of Activities (PoA) has avoided to date a total of 4.5 million tons of GHG emissions by December 2018. This is an remarkable achievement towards climate change mitigation. With almost 400,000 poor rural households supported by the programme and measurable impacts on 14 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, UPM’s PoA remains at the forefront of carbon offset projects offering holistic approaches to climate change mitigation and sustainable development.

UPM’s Gold Standard (GS) and CDM certified Sichuan Household Biogas Programme of Activities (PoA) has avoided a total of 5 million tons of GHG emissions by the end of 2019. This is a remarkable achievement towards climate change mitigation.

In 2019, UPM has completed several large transactions with top business and industry leaders worldwide in the voluntary carbon market. More than 1 million carbon credits, most of these premium-quality GS CERs, were purchased by our clients. UPM has established a strong partnership among all stakeholders, linking poor local farmers to responsible private companies from all over the world.

With our mission to help achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals, UPM kept being engaged in sustainable sanitation/waste-to-value, renewable energy and carbon strategy consulting projects. Our projects cover 4 regions in the world, including Asia, Middle-East, Africa and Europe, and 12 countries/territories (Mainland China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Jordan, Lebanon, Ghana, Mali, Burkina-Faso, and Germany).

Going forward, UPM will continue supporting the most vulnerable people and communities to mitigate and adapt to adverse effects of climate change and humanitarian crises.


A lean
but very efficient team

Innovative solutions for addressing climate challenges and sustainable energy systems require a most capable and motivated staff. UPM disposes of a lean but very efficient team of highly-qualified, experienced and multi-lingual professionals specialized in project management, sustainable climate solutions, carbon trading, renewable energy, sustainable & innovative sanitation/FSM technology and waste-to-value solutions, especially in rural and peri-urban contexts. From our two offices in Germany and China and from the field, our staff develops ambitious projects keeping in mind the overall Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.


The international management team

consists of professionals from Europe and China, which is responsible of steering, managing and co-ordinating UPM’s international business activities, including strategic planning, business development, project management, investments, financial controlling, investor relations and the commercialisation of UPM’s carbon assets in the world.

The multi-discipline technical experts team

focuses on development and implementation of projects in the areas of climate protection, renewable energy, sustainable and innovative sanitation/FSM technology and waste-to-value solutions in rural and peri-urban contexts in the world.

Impressive network

UPM relies on unrivaled insight into energy and environmental markets and an impressive network of carefully developed relations to leading representatives. These valuable contacts provide us with the necessary expert know-how and funding to implement truly sustainable solutions and enable us, even in a turbulent market environment, to adapt in time to any important new developments and take advantage of emerging business trends

  • International and national climate policy institutions
  • Regulatory authorities for market-based mechanisms and carbon markets
  • Interest groups, industry associations and standards for climate protection and emissions trading
  • Validators and verifyers of emission reduction projects or programs
  • Project developers and carbon asset managers
  • Buyers and users of carbon credits
  • Intermediary traders and aggregators (offsetting providers) of carbon credits
  • Brokers, trade exchanges and registries for emissions trading
  • Public and private investors
  • Technology providers in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable sanitation/FSM services, waste-to-value solutions
  • Strategy consultants and law firms with climate change practice
  • Carbon market research and information providers
  • Scientific experts on climate change and environmental policy and economics
  • Foundations with climate protection commitment
  • Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Climate change conferences and trade fairs, etc.

Powerful combination of expertise and experience

UPM’s experts have many years experiences in providing professional service to private companies, foundations, governmental organisations, NGOs, UN organisations, national and multilateral development cooperation agencies, etc. UPM has been working on projects in Asia, Middle East, Africa, Pacific Islands, Central and South America. Our working languages include English, German, Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Nepali, Urdu, Swahili and Bangla.

Our strength:

  • We are an experienced developer of top-tier Climate Action Projects and a leading player in International Carbon Markets.
  • We help our customers to achieve their GHG reduction and Sustainable Development (CSR) targets.
  • We enable the world’s most Vulnerable People and Communities to mitigate and adapt to adverse effects of Climate Change and humanitarian crises, in particular through provision of sustainable sanitation and waste-to-value solutions.


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