SCA's target is to mange our forests in a way so that they are at least as rich in the future of raw material, biodiversity and experiences as today.

Valuable forests

Responsible management creates a diversity of values for people and the environment.

Naturvårdsbränd tallskog, efter naturvårdsbränning i Medelpad. Utförd 2014, bilder från 2018

Biodiversity
SCA's forests are home to lots of animals and plants. And our goal is forests to be at least as rich in biodiversity in the future as they are today. For some threatened and rare species, special efforts are required to survive and increase in numbers.

Biodiversity
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Social values
SCA’s forests, not least the forest roads SCA builds, contribute toward ecotourism, hunting and fishing. We have also launched a map service to make it easier for people to visit SCA’s forests with the highest conservation values and our conservation parks.

Social values
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High growth
SCA has never had as much forest as it does now. For a long time, we have been able to increase the harvesting of renewable raw materials, while the standing forest has increased in volume and growth.

High growth
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Raw material sources
SCA’s sources for raw materials are a balance between purchases from other forest owners, imports, and forest raw materials from SCA’s forests. Wood procurement is concentrated in northern Sweden, which enables us to have strong control over harvesting locations and conservation values. All wood raw materials we use must come from responsibly managed forests.

Raw material sources
Skogsvy med tall och granar, Forest with big pine and spruces

Certified forest management
SCA's forest management is certified according to both FSC(r) and PEFC(tm). This means that we comply with the guidelines for responsible forestry.

Certified forest management
Renar i sommarmiljö. Reindeer.

Consideration for the Sami people and reindeer husbandry
The Sami communities own the right to reindeer herding on SCA's land. It is imnportant with aa good cooperation between the Sami communities and SCA so we we both can continue with our businesses. Our goal is to find solutions that benefits both parties. SCA participate in consultation with Sami communities according to the Swedish FSC standard.

Sami people and reindeer husbandry
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Sustainability targets
SCAs sustainability targets are specific, measureable and time-limited. The targets presented are those we consider most relevant for SCA’s business operations and stakeholders.

Sustainability targets
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What we do!
SCA has a long-term perspective and takes responsibility for sustainable development throughout its business. Here we show good examples and activities that show that sustainability is part of SCA's business concept.

What we do!

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Responsible forestry

Responsible and active forestry aims to achieve long-term growth in the forest while preserving biodiversity. This creates the conditions for both profitability in the future and for continuing high levels of environmental benefits. The forest’s growth potential can be optimally utilized through active and scientifically based forest management practices.

21 per cent of SCA's productive forest land is excluded from harvesting to preserve biodiversity. SCA's responsible forest management are based on the long-term and sustainable use of the forest as a resource, which ensures it is at least as rich in biodiversity, nature experiences and economic values in the future as it is today.

Read more about our environmental work in the forest

Activities

Our forests are home to lots of animals and plants. Responsible forestry involves, among other things, sustaining the conservation of biodiversity, offering nature experiences in the forestland and providing a high quality raw material. SCA's large forest holdings are an important carbon sink, as growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Forestry also provides many jobs. Our forest certificates ensure credibility to our work.

Solid wood products in Great Britain from SCA Timber, SCA Forest Products.

Certificates
The most common reason for certification is that customers require a company to demonstrate that serious quality and environmental work is being conducted. SCA also sees the benefit of a certification auditor reviewing our operations and making demands on our business development.

Certificates
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Balancing between biodiversity and positive climate impact
One high-priority environmental target in SCA forestry is preserving biodiversity.

Biodiversity and positive climate impact
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Less damage to ancient and cultural remains
SCA’s positive trend with increasingly less damage to ancient and cultural remains has continued. The target is zero damage to remains during site preparation and final harvesting operations. “We are moving steadily towards our zero-damage target,” says Anna Cabrajic, forest ecologist at SCA.

Less damage to ancient and cultural remains
Växthus Bogrundets plantskola, NorrPlant.

SCA invests in fossil-free heating at Bogrundet nursery
Fossil-free heating is to be installed at SCA’s Bogrundet nursery. The investment includes a large, environmentally-friendly heating system that will operate on pellets. SCA is also receiving a grant from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s Klimatklivet initiative to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases.

Fossil-free heating at Bogrundet nursery
Valuable forests
Valuable forests