The most valuable part of the tree is processed in the sawmills into wood products. Some of these become window components, painted cladding or shelves. More than half of the log is used for wood products. The remainder becomes chips for pulp production or sawdust that is processed into pellets. The bark is used in energy production.
Energy used by SCA’s plants is almost exclusively from bioenergy. By-products are used to produce heat and electricity. SCA also produces energy for external customers – green electricity, district heating, unrefined and refined biofuels – and is assessing opportunities to produce liquid biofuels.
Pulp and paper mills
SCA’s fiber industry produces chemical and mechanical pulp, as well as packaging paper. The pulp and paper mills are supplied with wood from forests that cannot be used for solid-wood products, and with sawmill chips. Bark is used in energy production. Heat is recycled and steam is used to produce electricity. By-products, such as tall oil and turpentine, are further refined into biofuels and green chemicals. In addition to pulp, a kraft pulp mill also produces large amounts of renewable energy.
SCA’s 2.6 million hectares of forest contain a large number of locations with favorable wind conditions. SCA prepares wind power projects and leases land to power producers and investors in green energy that generate and sell green electricity.