One high-priority environmental target in SCA forestry is preserving biodiversity.

We are working systematically on identifying forests with high environmental value and exempting them from forestry operations on our own initiative and at our own cost, in order to provide living space for sensitive plant and animal species. 8% of SCA's productive forest land is exempted from forestry operations in this way, and an additional 3% is cultivated with methods aimed at preserving or strengthening the forest's environmental value.

In addition to this, SCA employs environmental considerations in all its forestry operations. In connection with harvesting in 2017, 13% of the relevant productive forest area was left alone in order to preserve living space for animals and plants, and to facilitate the transition from one generation of forest to the next.

In total, one tree out of five on SCA's productive forest land is allowed to die a natural death, becoming a part of the forest's natural processes.

Consideration for both climate and nature

Of course, this nature conservation reduces SCA's opportunities for harvesting forest and manufacturing products with a small carbon footprint.

SCA has a goal of preserving the forest's biodiversity, and takes a broad range of measures to achieve this. The processes that impact biodiversity are complex, stretching over long periods of time. There is no simple way to determine whether enough has been done and the goal has been achieved.

Instead, there is a balancing in which various commendable ambitions must be weighed against one another. We continuously evaluate the effect of our measures, following the research taking place in the field. We want to take the plants and animals of the forest into consideration as effectively as possible, while producing as many products as possible that can help us counteract negative climate change.