Active forest management is important for the environment in several ways. The growing forests take up carbon dioxide and thereby limit the carbon footprint. Also, the forest resources can be used to replace materials based on fossil oil, metals and other resources with major climate and environmental impact.
Based on numbers for 2015, our forests annual sequesters 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide. An additional positive effect on the climate comes from the roughly 6 million m3 sk of forest resources that is annually harvested from our forests.
The annual allowable cut is based on the forest structure today, future growth, applied management, as well as any economic, social, or environmental constraints that are applied. In this context, long-term refers to the development during the next 100 years. The annual logging is between 75 and 80% of the annual growth, i.e. our forest annually grows more than we chose to harvest.