The climate impact of forests

Sveaskog’s forests play an important role in climate change mitigation, as trees absorb carbon dioxide and bind carbon, which counteracts the human impact on the climate. 

Sveaskog helps benefit the climate due to our forests sequestering carbon, which then continues to be stored in the long-life wood products made from timber from our forests. In addition, wood-based products – with both long and short lives – help reduce the need for fossil energy. What determines the scale of the benefit to the climate is how efficiently the forest raw material is used in the value chain. Wood products, fibre production and bioenergy all help reduce the use of fossil energy and cement. 

Sveaskog reports annually on the extent of the climate benefit to make it clear that active forestry and forest products play a major and positive role in climate work.

The climate benefit is 7.83 million tonnes

CO2e is sequestered in the standing forest and in long-life products from Sveaskog’s forests.

Sveaskog’s carbon sequestration has been assessed and calculated by Dr Peter Holmgren of FutureVistas, using the same method as for official national reporting to the UNFCCC under the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) scheme. 

Sveaskog’s emissions

In 2021, Sveaskog’s operations generated carbon dioxide emissions of 130,356 tonnes of CO2e. Emissions are produced mainly during logging and transport. This was five percent less than in the previous year. Sveaskog achieved this reduction in emissions mainly by using more HVO – a renewable fuel for diesel engines – in internal transport and by increasing the proportion of biofuels in the diesel used.