Our environmental objectives are defined, updated and followed up on a regular basis. If the objectives are not achieved, we take the necessary measures to rectify this.

Current objectives

Objective: Reduced fossil carbon dioxide emissions for logging and transporting wood

Reduced carbon dioxide emissions continue to be one of our most important environmental objectives, but we are expanding our ambitions and increasing our goal to include timber transport. The consumption of fossil carbon dioxide by Holmen Skog’s logging and timber transport must decrease by 20 per cent by 2020 compared to 2014. 

How will we achieve that?

  • Reduce fuel consumption in forestry equipment thanks to more efficient and environmentally friendly engines
  • Reduce fuel consumption per transported load by loading more timber onto every timber truck within the limits of the applicable legislation
  • Greater use of renewable fuel in harvesters and timber trucks
  • Plan timber transport more intelligently so that our customers’ needs are met but with as few transports as possible

How will we follow up on this?

  • Logging: consumption of fossil fuel is monitored by calculating the quantity (kg) of carbon dioxide (from fuel) for every cubic metre felled
  • Transport: consumption of fossil fuel is monitored by calculating the quantity (kg) of carbon dioxide (from fuel) for every cubic metre transported

Objective: Plan for and implement nature conservation measures in Holmen’s own forests, which have the highest natural assets

Holmen will improve the environmental benefit in forests which have already been set aside through targeted conservation measures in suitable areas. By 2020, Holmen will have classified half of the areas set aside for development of natural assets. This classification means that we will decide which of the forests that have been set aside will be left to develop freely and which will be subject to nature conservation measures. The objective of conservation measures is to preserve, strengthen or regenerate natural assets. 

How will we achieve that?

  • By 2020 half of the hectares set aside will be inventoried and classified; the results of the inventory will be documented
  • By 2020 nature conservation measures will have been implemented on at least 30 forest areas per district

How will we follow up on this?

  • How large an area of the forest set aside has been classified
  • How many of the forest areas that require measures have been addressed 

Objective: No serious damage by vehicles

Damage by vehicles in connection with logging can cause erosion and sludging of watercourses, leakage of nutrients and unwanted release of heavy metals, e.g. mercury. Holmen strives to avoid serious damage by vehicles entirely in all forestry activities, regardless of whether they are on our own land or on behalf of other landowners. We work in accordance with industry-wide environmental policy on damage by vehicles on forest land. 

Serious damage consists of the following:

  • By vehicles1 in and directly adjacent to 2 watercourses and lakes
  • By vehicles leads to increased transport of sludge to lakes and watercourses
  • By vehicles which causes waterlogging or flooding adjacent to watercourses due to damming
  • By vehicles 1 on peatland close 2 to watercourses and lakes
  • By vehicles which affects natural assets, for example areas subject to special consideration and detailed environmental efforts
  • By vehicles which reduces accessibility on frequently used paths and trails
  • By vehicles which reduces recreational value in frequently used open-air recreation areas
  • By vehicles to archaeological sites and other valuable cultural heritage sites

How will we achieve that?

  • By improved planning so that we do not drive as much in areas where there is a risk of damage by vehicles, e.g. using laser data and water maps

  • By using the “Logging without a trace” method

  •   - building simple bridges over watercourses
  •   - lining properly with brushwood

How will we follow up on this?

  • Regular follow-ups of serious damage by vehicles
  • Annual evaluations of which technical aids have been used and to what extent. Technical aids include bridges, tracks, machinery used, etc.

Objective: Reduce use of fossil diesel and heating oil at the nurseries

The nurseries’ objective is to reduce their consumption of fossil fuels between 2012 and 2020, compared to average consumption in 2011-2013. The following reduction must be made:

  • Fossil heating oil: 20 per cent less per seedling produced
  • Fossil diesel: 10 per cent less per seedling produced

How will we achieve that?

  • By making sure machines and accompanying parts that are used in the nurseries are properly adjusted and serviced regularly
  • By using and/or mixing in more renewable fuel for heating
  • Reduce consumption of heating oil by improving the use of greenhouses
  • Reduce diesel consumption by planning and streamlining driving and use of machinery in the nurseries

How will we follow up on this?

  • by measuring the consumption of heating oil and diesel in litres per seedling produced 

1 Damage by vehicles is defined as tracks which are more than 10 m long and at least 30 cm deep on average.
2 “Directly adjacent to” and “close” are defined as areas within a radius of 15 m of watercourses and lakes


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