Sustainable forest management

We are determined to be the leader in sustainable forest management. Sustainable forest management means the stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity and vitality. Equally important is their potential to fulfill – now and in the future – relevant ecological, economic and social functions at local, national, and global levels, without causing damage to other ecosystems. While we work towards these goals every day, we also acknowledge that there is a lot of work to be done for sustainability.

Combating climate change, one tree at a time

Global warming poses challenges for all living things, including forests. Changing patterns of temperature, wind, and rainfall will impact growing conditions and require new ways of thinking. Growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and together with wood-based products act as carbon storage. Well-managed forests and plantations can make entire ecosystems more resilient to negative impacts, and even benefit from the positive effects. As a renewable natural resource, wood represents a good alternative to fossil-based and other non-renewable materials. We contribute to tackling climate change by keeping our forests healthy, increasing long term growth and yield, ensuring we never harvest more trees than we grow, and by safeguarding and enhancing biodiversity.

Technology and research for the future

As one of the world’s largest private forest owners, Stora Enso plays an active role in the continuous development of sustainable forestry practices. We believe our experience in sustainable forestry – where biodiversity concerns are high on the agenda – can be an inspiration, without claiming we have all the answers already today. To capture the full value of our forests, we focus especially on R&D and digitalization. We are actively exploring new land use possibilities, such as wind power and recreational forest use.

98% of land Stora Enso owns or manages covered by forest certification schemes
62 million tree seedlings planted in 2020
EUR 68 million invested in future forest growth in 2020 
120 green audits carried out in our forests in Sweden in 2020