Bioeconomy is the first choice route to addressing climate change. In what ways does the forestry industry benefit the climate? We think there are three main ways.

No 1: Forest growth

Active forest management is best for the climate! It is growing forests that bind carbon. The climate benefit of Sweden’s forests now completely offsets the country’s total carbon dioxide emissions. The more forest we have growing, the greater the increase in carbon storage.

No 2: Carbon storage in products

The carbon taken up by trees remains in the products. A house or a bridge in wood is not only attractive to look at and quick to build. It also offers the advantages of low energy consumption in construction, easy recycling and simple transport. Furthermore, it binds carbon throughout its entire life cycle. All forest industry products bind carbon until they are ready for disposal. They can then be used for bioenergy.

No 3: The substitution effect

The forest industry’s products come from renewable resources. They can replace fossil-based products. Such substitution is of great benefit to the climate. Boxes made from paper rather than plastics… Biofuels instead of petrol and diesel… Bioenergy instead of fossil energy… All these substitutions help the climate.

It is the combination of the results of these three ways that makes the climate impact of forests so far-reaching.

Source Swedish Forest Industries.


What is Bioeconomy?

The European Commission defines the bioeconomy as “the production of renewable biological resources and the conversion of these resources and waste streams into value added products, such as food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy. Its sectors and industries have strong innovation potential due to their use of a wide range of sciences, enabling and industrial technologies, along with local and tacit knowledge.” Source: “Innovating for Sustainable Growth – A Bioeconomy for Europe” (2012) .


Do you want to learn more about forest? Follow the links below:

Facts about forest:  Available in both Swedish and English.

About wood with focus on wood construction: Avaialble in Swedish and English.

Swedish forest industries, lots of information about forest, bioeconomy innovation etc.  Available in Swedish and English.



Fossilfritt Sverige-  Skogsindustrierna /A  Fossilfree Sweden  –  Swedish forest industries


Forest management and nature conservation

Swedish forest owners talk about their trees:

Forest the Swedish way: this is one part of seven