Forestia develop and produce a wide range of chipboards to the Scandinavian and northern European building market
Our factory is located at Braskereidfoss, Innlandet, Norway. The company is a part of the Byggma Group and our activity regarding sustainability is strongly anchored in the Groups sustainability work. Our business is based largely on using renewable forest materials to create durable products while growing new forests in the harvested areas as a way of contributing to increasing carbon sequestration in products. Awareness of our own business activities is more important than ever now that we can see climate challenges beginning to take hold. It is important for us to work sustainably. Beyond our financial goals, we need to be aware of our impact on society and the environment.
The UN's sustainable development goals
The UN's Agenda-2030 initiative has set 17 sustainability goals for sustainable development. In our work to develop a sustainability strategy, we have chosen to prioritise and work with the following 7 UN sustainable development goals:
Growing forests absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere via photosynthesis. In sustainable forestry, we harvest forests as raw materials and then plant new trees to provide the basis for additional carbon binding. The wood in our products stores with significant amounts of carbon. For this reason, we believe that to use these raw materials responsibly, we have to create products that last a long time. Using wood fibre to create durable products is an important contribution to increasing carbon sequestration in forests and wood-based products. If we add up all of the carbon sequestered in an annual production cycle of Forestia's products, it would be equivalent to sequestering around 340,000 tonnes of CO2. This corresponds to 4% of CO2 emissions from road traffic in Norway.
We use large quantities of wood to produce our panels. We procure this as by-products from sawmills. We purchase from sustainable sources and most of this is certified in accordance with PEFC.
PEFC Traceability Certification provides independent third-party verification that the wood is from sustainable forests. Each stage of manufacturing and distribution must carry traceability certification. If any stage is not certified, the traceability chain is broken and the product cannot be sold as PEFC certified.
Future opportunities – returned wood – reusing wood waste
The Norwegian forest and timber industry provides important job opportunities in the districts. We also make construction products that sequester significant amounts of carbon and keep that carbon sequestered for the entire service life of the building. Approximately 1 million tonnes of timber from demolitions is sent to Norwegian landfills every year. This is equivalent to about 2 million m3 of wood, which in turn is equivalent to 15% of the Norwegian felling of forest. This is a resource that can be recycled into new construction products. We have national targets for material recycling that can only be met by setting up new circular systems in Norway that also include wood. However, it will take a significant amount of processing to clean timber from demolitions and turn it into new, clean, industrial wood chips. Over the past several years, Forestia has been working on a project where, by investing in new cleaning technologies, we can use wood from demolitions as an input for chipboard production. This will, however, require a major investment of approximately NOK 250 million. From an economic point of view, this has not yet proved profitable for the company in isolation, but the outlook will be different with investment support from the authorities. For this reason, we hope to get support in the form of a government investment so we can make the project a reality – for the benefit of the environment, industrial workplaces, the wood industry, and society in general.
Damvegen 31, 2435 Braskereidfoss, NORWAY
Phone: (+47) 38 13 71 00