The growing timber stock in the forest thus contributes to the removal of approximately 35 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere each year. This means that a significant share of Sweden’s total net emissions from other sectors in society is offset by its sequestration in the forest’s growing timber stock.
Felled forests also provide huge climate benefit. When used as raw materials, they can replace unsustainable materials that have serious climate impact – during production and during the product lifecycle as well as afterwards when the material must be dealt with, reused or repurposed. Using raw materials wisely is just as important to achieving optimal climate benefit as ensuring the carbon sink and increasing the supply of renewable raw materials.
The growing forest
For this reason, the growing forest and renewable wood materials are a strategic resource for our entire society and for Swedish and global climate efforts. No other single action or resource comes close to the importance of forests in helping Sweden to become carbon neutral within the near future.
If we can increase forest growth
If we can increase forest growth wisely, we can increase the supply of renewable forest materials. At the same time, we can continue offsetting carbon emissions from other sectors in society. This would improve Sweden’s potential to become the first fossil-free welfare nation and achieve net zero carbon emissions.