Braviken Sawmill is located just north-east of Norrköping on the Malmölandet peninsula. Construction timber is produced at the sawmill using spruce as the basic raw material and pine for impregnation and joinery. Most of the products are used for the construction of modern timber buildings.

Environmental activities in 2017

Braviken Sawmill's internal control procedures are part of an integrated business system. The system is based on an environmental management system to ISO 14001, a quality management system to ISO 9001 and an energy management system to ISO 50001. Procedures and processes described in the business system underpin the company's constant drive to improve.

Braviken Sawmill is part of a bio co-location with Braviken Paper Mill. The bio co-location brings synergies that reduce environmental impact. By-products (bark, dry chip) from the sawmill are used in the mill's solid-fuel boilers, and fossil-free energy in the form of heat and steam is generated. The sawmill purchases heat from the mill for its drying process, while surplus heat is used to heat production premises.

Efficient energy use and sound waste management ensure a low environmental impact. Increased production with high utilisation of raw materials has resulted in more deliveries of renewable biofuel.

Permits for operation

The sawmill has operated with permits under the Environmental Code since 2011.

Environmental certification

Holmen Timber's environmental management system has been certified to ISO 14001 since 1999.

Holmen Timber's energy management system has been certified to ISO 50001 since 2011.

Braviken Sawmill has been included in the certification for environmental and energy management systems since May 2011.

Holmen Timber holds chain-of-custody certification under PEFCTM (2004) and FSC® (FSC-ID) (2005).

Braviken Sawmill has been included in the chain-of-custody certification for PEFCTM and FSC® since December 2010.

Investments/environmental measures

Braviken Sawmill is designed such that, when fully operational, it will achieve high productivity in terms of raw material use and energy consumption. Efficient handling of by-products results in low environmental impact and an increased contribution of biofuels in the local area.

In 2017, the recycling system for timber watering was supplemented with equipment to reduce consumption of raw water.

The drying plant was also equipped with one flow meter per drying channel. Control via flow meters ensures more efficient drying programmes and thus opportunities for reduced energy consumption.

Over the year, 21 000 m2 roads and storage areas were asphalted at the industrial sites.

Taken together, the investments create a basis for a better working environment and reduced water, diesel and thermal energy consumption and consequently for a lower environmental impact.

The company received an environmental permit from Östra Götaland County Administrative Board for investment in a plant for the protective treatment of wood.

Disruptions to production and complaints

No disruptions to production with an environmental impact occurred during the year. A complaint concerning the environmental permit for investment in a plant for the protective treatment of wood was lodged against the company. The case came before the Land and Environment Court in Växjö, which rejected the complainant's argument.

Follow-up of environmental targets in 2017

Using the outcome figures for 2016 as a basis.

  • A 2 per cent reduction in electricity consumption, measured as kWh per m3 sawn timber. The 2017 financial year saw no improvements in terms of reducing electricity consumption.

  • Stabilisation of thermal energy consumption at 225–230 kWh per m3 sawn timber. In the 2017 financial year, consumption amounted to 215 kWh per m3 sawn timber.

  • A 3 per cent reduction in diesel consumption, measured as litres per m3 sawn timber. The 2017 financial year saw a 3.3 per cent improvement in terms of reducing diesel consumption.

Environmental targets in 2018

Using the outcomes for 2017 as a basis.

  • Reduce electricity use by integrating the wood treatment plant while keeping the same level of electricity use.Stabilisation of thermal energy consumption at a level of 220 kWh per m3 sawn timber.

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