Wood is our most important raw material. It is a superior biomaterial with almost unlimited potential. Few others can match its many great qualities, which include renewability, recyclability, and carbon neutrality. It can be converted into a number of products, traditional examples being pulp, paper, sawn timber and plywood. Recently we have also made exciting advances in the yet widely unexplored world of biomolecules. On top of this all, wood is not just a great raw material for making all kinds of products, but trees in themselves are unique ecosystem service providers that offer multiple environmental benefits. We believe that wood is the answer to a future beyond fossils
Unlimited potential of wood
Limitless bioeconomy opportunities
Global population growth, increasing life expectancy and rising standards of living are all pushing demand for resources. Given their scarcity, however, as well as the urgent need to mitigate climate change, the time has finally come to find new sustainable solutions for a future beyond fossils.
Forests provide limitless opportunities for many critical everyday products such as building materials, furniture, paper, energy, fuel and biochemicals, just to name a few. What is more, many innovative wood products have yet to be invented. Besides being a versatile raw material, wood has great potential for substituting fossil-based production. The modern forest industry is highly resource-efficient. We use every last component: nothing is wasted.
Trees are unique ecosystem service providers
A growing tree is a production unit with inputs and outputs. On the input side, trees consume water and sequester carbon from the atmosphere, which has a positive impact on the environment. Carbon dioxide – the most significant greenhouse gas – is a key building block of wood biomass. In the process of water transpiration, trees capture nutrients while simultaneously purifying the water taken up by their roots.
A tree’s output is not limited to wood biomass. It also produces oxygen in photosynthesis, offers a habitat to a wide range of forest species, interacts with forest soil, and helps mushrooms to grow via root system symbiosis. Forests are also valuable to human communities as a source of nutrition and a valuable recreational environment.
Long-term benefits of our forestry
Our forestry strategy is based on a long-term plan. Through sustainable forest management planning, we guarantee our future wood supply as well as the various ecosystem services that forests uniquely provide. We keep our harvesting rates at a sustainable level, meaning that the total volume of wood in our forests is maintained or increased. We ensure new forest growth by regenerating all forests after final harvesting. With every tree that we plant, we not only guarantee the future of wood production, but also the continuation of the many social, environmental and economic benefits that forests provide.