“We place tough demands when purchasing”

Photo: Oskar Omne

One incredibly important aspect of sustainability is what happens once the forest has finished growing and been harvested. BillerudKorsnäs makes sustainable packaging from forest raw materials. Malin Ljung Eiborn, the company’s EVP Sustainability, tells us more:

“We stand out a bit in the industry as we don’t own any great volume of forest ourselves. We are, though, Sweden’s biggest buyer of pulpwood and chips, buying around ten per cent of everything harvested in Sweden. So our contribution to sustainable forestry is more about imposing demands on purchasing, and of course refining the raw material.”

What demands do you impose, and how?

“To start with we have certifications like FSC and PEFC labelling. This makes things easy for the forest owner and for us, since we also want to make it clear outwardly that we work with sustainable forest raw materials. But it’s also important for us that our sustainable forestry doesn’t stop at certification. We work with many small forest owners who aren’t certified for various reasons, but who have an equally ambitious agenda for their forest management. Dialogue is crucial here, and is something we value.”

Are there other checks and controls?

“Yes, many! One thing we often do is actively manage the forest for our timber suppliers. We help them with silviculture and harvesting, specifically so that we can manage the aspects that are important in sustainable forestry. This gives us control even tough we’re not the owners.”

What are your challenges moving forward?

“The climate is the greatest challenge for all of us. Our own production already has high climate efficiency, with about 97 per cent biofuels. The biggest environmental impact in our value chain today is buying chemicals. The other major climate challenge is our transport. We’re working actively to move as much of our outgoing transportation as possible to the railway.  But there are no tracks out in the forest, so instead we impose demands on the haulage companies, while also working to increase opportunities for longer trucks that can take more timber on each run.”