Our business relies directly on forests. Consequently, taking care of nature and the environment is especially important for us. Our products are manufactured from a renewable material – wood. Wood is an organic material that is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Sustainable forest management ensures that there is enough wood raw material for future generations. Our objective is to abide by the principles of sustainable development in everything we do. We always know the origin of the wood and ensure that our forest management practices enable the forest to regenerate and protect natural diversity. Our general goal is to reduce the consumption of clean water and the amount of wastewater produced by our operations, and to make the wastewater we produce less harmful. We make every effort to ensure our operations cause no harm to bodies of water near our facilities.
The wood we use originates from sustainable sources
At Koskisen, wood procurement takes place in-house and we also supply wood to other mills in southern Finland. Most of our wood comes from Finnish private forests, mainly in southern and eastern Finland. A small portion of our birch logs are imported, mainly from Russia. Imported wood is required because the availability of Finnish birch does not always cover the plywood industry’s material needs.
About 75% of our wood comes from certified forests. Koskisen has been awarded the PEFC CoC and FSC® CoC* chain of custody certificates. These ensure that the wood is harvested from sustainably managed forests where felling is carried out in accordance with the law and certification criteria. The origin of the raw material is inspected based on our procurement policy to ensure forests in protected areas are safeguarded and that wood is not procured from controversial sources (see below). Our forest management measures always take into account the valuable habitats described in the Nature Conservation Act and Forest Act. We are constantly aware of what portion of the wood we deliver to mills is sourced from certified forests.
Sustainable forest management practices guarantee the availability of wood in the future
One of our goals is to be in the forefront of adopting new international environmental standards and following the principles of sustainable development. We evaluate our operations continuously to ensure the sustainability of our operations and the continuity of their source, the forest. In the Finnish forest industry, Koskisen has been a pioneer in integrating environmental considerations in industrial operations, and we have received recognition for our efforts. Our wood procurement and forestry are managed by our operational system, which is based on the ISO 9001 and 14001 standards and aims for continuous improvement. Our wood procurement subcontractors have also committed to following the operational system requirements. We use modern equipment, which means they are more efficient than ever while producing fewer emissions.
We always take the valuable habitats described in the Nature Conservation Act and Forest Act into account. In addition to wood trading, we can also take care of reforestation. We annually deliver approx. 1 million Finnish seedlings, completely free of genetic modification. Alongside wood procurement, our forest department is responsible for the Group’s forests and manages forests for dozens of private forest owners.
Optimising log yield
Careful utilisation of raw material is a benefit to both our mills and the wood sellers. By optimising the cutting in the forest, we can ensure that trees are used as efficiently as possible by our mills – this also serves to ensure the careful recovery of logs from the forest owner’s point of view.
All the materials from the harvested tree are used. Logs are sawn for timber or peeled for veneers, sawdust is used to make chipboard, pulpwood is sold to pulp and paper mills and harvesting residue such as branches and stumps are used as biofuel, either in our power plant or in nearby power plants for heating homes. Our own biofuels meet roughly 98% of our thermal energy needs.
We also make sure that the harvested forests are always re-planted in accordance with the Forest Act. Every year we plant around a million Finnish seedlings that have not been genetically modified. Our forest management measures always take into account the valuable habitats described in the Nature Conservation Act and Forest Act.
Accounting for natural diversity in forestry guidelines
We follow the forestry development centre Tapio’s forestry recommendations. It is a guideline on financially, ecologically, socially and culturally sustainable forestry created jointly by forestry sector operators.
The best practices for sustainable forest management that aim to preserve the diversity of nature include preserving valuable habitats and the living areas of endangered species, and leaving retention trees and deadwood in the forest during harvesting. We live off the forests – that is why it’s our responsibility to take care of them.
*FSC logo license: FSC® 116522
Logging that violates indigenous peoples’ rights or other human rights
Forests where important environmental values have been threatened or destroyed
Natural forests that have been transformed into plantations
Forests containing genetically modified trees
- Illegal logging
- Logging that violates indigenous peoples’ rights or other human rights
- Forests where important environmental values have been threatened or destroyed
- Natural forests that have been transformed into plantations
- Forests containing genetically modified trees