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Carbon Sink

A tree that grows binds carbon dioxide from the air in the tree wood while the tree produces oxygen that we can breathe. When the tree is cut off, all parts of the tree can be taken and processed and the carbon dioxide remains in the wood throughout the entire woodstock’s life cycle.

On behalf of Bergvik Skog, KPMG has since 2013 calculated Bergvik Skog’s annual carbon footprint. The calculations cover operations in Sweden and Latvia, direct and indirect emissions according to scope 1, 2 and 3 in accordance with the GreenHouse Gas Protocol. The calculations for scope 3 contain some assumptions about the fuel consumption during forest management and can therefore not be considered as complete. The calculation model for 2015 was changed regarding the basis for the positive effect of wind power. In order to compare the carbon footprint over time, calculations have also been made for 2013 and 2014 using the same method and assumptions.

KPMG has also calculated the positive effect that Bergvik Skog generates through the forest’s carbon uptake and wind power projects. The positive effect does not include substitution effects generated by the forest raw material by replacing products based on fossil oil, among other things. However, it is clear that the growth of forests and uptake of carbon dioxide generates a positive effect that far exceeds Bergvik Skog’s own carbon footprint.

Bergvik Skog's positive climate effect * (thousand tons)

Bergvik Skogs positiva klimatpåverkan* (tusen ton)

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Less than 2.5% of the carbon dioxide emissions in ourr carbon footprint are directly caused by Bergvik Skog’s operations, most of the footprint originates from the forest managers’ activities on Bergvik Skog’s land. Bergvik Skog’s total carbon dioxide emissions of 75,000 tonnes should be compared to the annual carbon capture of Bergvik Skog’s growing wood stock, i.e. almost 2,500,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. As Bergvik Skog annually harvest less than what the forest grows in a year, the wood storage and storage of carbon dioxide increases (in 2015, the felling rate was 73% of the growth). That should be taken in relation to the fact that increased harvesting means increased production of forest raw material. And the forest raw material can be used to replace less climate-friendly materials like fossil oil, cement and metals. Bergvik Skog’s carbon footprint does not include the so-called substitution effects (i.e. reduced climate impact when forest raw materials replace materials with greater climate impact). Bergvik Skog annually harvest approximately 6 million forest cubic meters, and if 1 cubic meter of wood is used instead of cement it reduces CO2 emissions by 1 500 kg.

Bergvik Skog's carbon dioxide emissions* (thousand tons)

Bergvik Skogs koldioxidutsläpp* (tusen ton)

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