In SCA's forests, the growing forest increases, in fact, significantly more than if we did not use it. Our forest grows an average of 10.5 million forest cubic meters per year. Of this, 5.2 million cubic meters are felled. 1.3 million cubic meters are lost through natural losses, such as storm precipitation, insect infestation and thinning. Remaining is an annual net growth of 4.0 million cubic meters.
There are other values that require consideration. Every fifth tree in SCA's forests may die a natural death and become food for insects, woodpeckers and wood fungi, to preserve the biodiversity of the forest, at SCA's own initiative and expense.
SCA's forests benefit the climate in several ways. Only because trees grow and bind carbon dioxide and growing forests bind more carbon dioxide than mature forest. SCA actively manages the forests and has a young and vital forest with high growth. Then by the same tree becoming products that can replace those with a larger carbon footprint, such as paper instead of plastic and biofuels instead of fossil fuels. Then oil and coal can remain permanently underground and society's total climate impact decreases.