The forest is a key component of Sweden’s basic industry. It generates renewable and fossil-free raw material, jobs and export revenue, while at the same time absorbing carbon dioxide and combating global warming. The forest is also important for our well-being, providing a chance to experience nature up close and space for recreation.
Almost three-quarters of Sweden is covered by forest and there is now twice as much forest in Sweden as there was a hundred years ago. The more forest we have and the faster it grows, the better it is for the climate.
How we refine the forest
The trees we harvest are sawn into planks and boards. We use the whole tree, turning the parts that do not become construction materials into paperboard and paper. All the products produced within Holmen come from sustainably managed forests and offer full traceability.
Paperboard and paper produced from fresh fibre also provide a necessary top-up to the recovered fibre ecocycle, since wood fibre can only be recycled up to seven times.
How we manage the forest
The growth of the forest and its value largely depend on how it is managed. Under Holmen’s active forest management, the volume of standing timber is built up over a period of 70–90 years, with a new growth cycle beginning after harvest. Many of the most important silviculture measures come in the years after harvest, when the soil is prepared and the land is reforested through planting or sowing. We clean and thin the forest in order to select trees with the best potential for further growth.
Around 10–30 years before the forest is ready for harvesting, it may be fertilised to further enhance growth. Because the annual growth is greater than the harvest, the amount of wood in our forests is also increasing year on year, which means that we will gradually be able to harvest more in the future. For every tree we harvest, we plant at least two new ones. Our forestry is certified to the PEFC™ and FSC® standards and all the wood is fully traceable.