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 2016

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 2016 investments were made in hardstanding in timber processing. Asphalting of roadways and interim storage yards with ECO asphalt was done at other industrial sites. ECO asphalt produces lower emissions of carbon dioxide in manufacturing. The yard surfaced with ECO asphalt yielded a saving of 300,000 kg CO2. Taken together, the investments create a basis for a better working environment and reduced diesel consumption and consequently for lower carbon dioxide emissions.

The company has applied to Östra Götaland County Administrative Board for a supplementary environmental permit 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 has been lodged against the sawmill regarding piles of earth. The matter is being dealt with in accordance with established procedures.

Follow-up of environmental targets in 2016

Using the outcome figures for 2015 as a basis. 

  • A 3 per cent reduction in electricity consumption, measured as kWh per m3 sawn timber.
    The 2016 financial year saw no improvements in terms of reducing electricity consumption. Outcome for 2016 61.4 kWh/m3 sawn timber vs. 60.4 kWh/m3 sawn timber in 2015.
  • Stabilisation of thermal energy consumption at 225–230 kWh per m3 sawn timber.
    Outcome for 2016: 246 kWh. Pine requires more energy for drying than spruce. Work is in progress to improve the efficiency of, or shorten, all drying programmes while maintaining product quality.
  • A 3 per cent reduction in diesel consumption, measured as litres/m3 sawn timber.
    The 2016 financial year saw no improvements in terms of reducing diesel consumption. The “Hardstanding” project was completed during the year, which meant that long distances were driven during the period of preparation for the stages. A reduction in diesel consumption is anticipated in 2017.

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.
  • Stabilisation of thermal energy consumption at 230–235 kWh per m3 sawn timber
  • A 3 per cent reduction in diesel consumption, measured as litres/m3 sawn timber.

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