Raw material and wood consumption

SCA’s sources for raw materials are a balance between purchases from other forest owners, imports, and forest raw materials from SCA forests.

Where does our wood raw material come from today and going forward?

50% of our wood raw material is currently sourced from our own forests. We purchase the remaining amount from private forest owners and other forest companies. In addition, we also import a small amount of wood raw material, mainly from the Baltic states. Read more here.

Our need for raw materials is increasing, including as a result of the expansion of our pulp mill in Östrand and the expansion of the Obbola kraftliner mill. All wood raw materials that we use are sourced from responsibly cultivated forests. Read more about wood sourcing.

How much wood raw material do we use?

  • Today, SCA uses approximately 10 million m³sub of forest raw materials that are converted into products. The need will increase to approximately 12.5 million m³sub when pulp production at Östrand reaches full capacity. Read more about wood raw materials.
  • We use the entire tree. Approximately 70% of the raw material from the tree is used for solid-wood products, paper and pulp. Approximately 30% is converted into energy and products such as pellets and tall oil. Read more about efficient use of resources.

What demands do we make on purchased wood raw material?

  • SCA works to maximize the proportion of wood raw material that derives from FSC® or PEFC™-certified forests. All purchased raw materials must meet at least the FSC standards for Controlled Wood. Read more about forest certifications.
  • We actively refrain from trading in raw material that has been illegally harvested. Nor do we trade in raw materials from forests where harvesting is conducted in contravention of customary laws, human rights or from forests with high conservation values/key habitats. We have clear guidelines for raw material sourcing. Read more here.

How our forests are managed

To best manage our forests, we use various measures. Follow the forestry ecocycle and learn more about how we work with final harvesting, soil scarification and planting to pre-commercial thinning, thinning and final harvesting again.