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About


Södra is showing what it means to be a next-generation forest company in the transition to a sustainable bioeconomy. Combining the forest management of each individual member with international operations of the Group, Södra builds its competitiveness on a global approach to local solutions.

ENERGY PRODUCTION


Södra is a major supplier of bio-based energy in the form of electricity, district heating and biofuels, all if which is bio based and renewable.

SÖDRA CELL MÖNSTERÅS

Mönsterås is the largest pulp mill in Södra. It began operating in 1959, and after expansion, has developed into one of the world’s most modern plants. While its core business is pulp production, the mill is also a supplier of both electricity and district heating.
Mönsterås has a strategic location, close to European highway 22, with Södra’s own harbour alongside the mill and the sawmill next door.

SÖDRA CELL VÄRÖ

The mill in Värö is about to become one of the world’s largest power pulp production facilities. Värö has the capacity to produces 700,000 tons of pulp and 1.6 TWh of energy annually. Since 1972 when the plant was built it has undergone through extensive development. Over the years the mill has in many ways been a forerunner in environmental protection.

SÖDRA CELL MÖRRUM

Södra Cell Mörrum is a mill that in addition to paper pulp and dissolving pulp produces green electricity and heating. The mill was built in 1962 in esituated at Mörrum river, close to softwood and hardwood forests which provide raw materials for production.
Södra Cell Mörrum has made major investments in eco-friendly technology as well as in increasing employee competence in environmental matters.

HISTORY


Södra’s history tells the story of how individual forest owners, showing true commitment and foresight, came together to create a vibrant industrial group.

Many members of Södra Group live on their forest properties and are active foresters themselves.

FOREST OWNERS


Sustainable forestry forms the basis of Södra’s operations. Södra provides the platform for members to optimize production and consideration for conservation values, social values and cultural values.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT


As a member-owned forest company, Södra drives the development of sustainable small-scale forestry, based on the principle that freedom comes with responsibilities. For Södra, responsible forestry means that production and environmental values are in balance, and that social values are taken into account.

RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY

Södra’s offering and products are more sustainable than many other options, and Södra is contributing to the transition towards greater use of bio-based materials and less reliance on fossil fuels. Södra’s operations are based on resource efficiency and the ecosystem principle.

Södra’s corporate form and ownership structure enable sound, long-term decisions. The Group is financially stable, and this strong position creates flexibility and allows for investments in sustainable solutions.

Södra’s members are highly committed to responsible and sustainable forestry, which also benefits long-term forestry initiatives and biodiversity. This takes the form of voluntary nature conservation allocations, and by including general considerations in all forest management measures. According to the basic principle of freedom with responsibilities, members decide themselves how their forests are to be managed. Södra creates conditions for using the forest responsibly, which include offering a range of advisory and other types of services. Södra and its members strive to maintain a balance between production, social and environmental values.

FORESTRY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change requires joint efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. Growing forests and the use of wood play a key role. A “climate-positive business” is one of the strategic focus areas for Södra, and this is where Södra gathers its efforts to help reduce global warming. Methods for monitoring the climate-change performance more clearly are developed. Growing forests sequester more CO2 than they release. The effect increases if forests are managed correctly and adapted to the growing conditions of each type of soil. Growing forests sequester most CO2. Mature trees sequester little or no CO2 but harvesting and replanting help to restore the carbon sequestration. Swedish forests continue to grow faster than they are harvested. This is a key factor in Södra’s ambition to be better than merely climate-neutral.

Swedish forestry plays an important role in climate change mitigation efforts. Around 470 kg of carbon dioxide emissions are avoided for each cubic meter of biomass harvested in Sweden. The emissions reduction depends on forest management and reforestation and avoiding the diminishment of forest volume. Södra is devoted to this standpoint and replants three plants for every tree that is harvested.

At Södra we plant three new saplings for each tree we harvest.