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.