Södra's members are delivering increasingly higher volumes of wood to the company's industries. A focus on improved forest management has led to a steady increase in forest growth. This, in turn, has enabled more harvesting. In southern Sweden, growth is so strong that forest stocks are rising as harvesting operations increase. "Our members are managing their forests so well that forests are now growing better than ever. And, although we continue to harvest more forest, there is still more forest remaining. This is a very positive trend," says Håkan Larsson, President of Södra Skog. There is so much potential for trees as a raw material and we need to use the forest more actively if we want to meet the challenges of climate change and the transition to a fossil-free society." Most of the wood delivered by Södra's members is softwood - pine and spruce. Supplies are delivered in the form of pulpwood and sawlogs to Södra's own pulp mills and sawmills, and as biofuel to external thermal power stations. In 2015, wood deliveries from members rose 4 percent year-on-year, and since deliveries have remained at the same level at the beginning of the current year, the increase seems stable
There has been a further increase in in double certified forest area in absolute terms, according to the most recent data released by PEFC and FSC, the two global forest certification systems.
While the total global certified area grew between December 2016 and June 2017 by 3.7 million hectares, the double certified area increased by almost one million hectares (or 25% of the growth).
In total, 431.4 million hectares of forests were certified to either PEFC or FSC in mid-2017 (2016: 427.7) of which 71.1 million hectares (or 16.5%) were double certified (2016: 70.1 million/16.5%).
Help avoid double certification
“This is at odds with our common objective to expand sustainable forest management”, said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International. “Every single hectare of double certified forest area is a hectare too much.”
“One cause of double certification is market access, and here companies have a role to play: by accepting both PEFC and FSC, they remove the pressure on forest owners to double certify.”
“In turn, this will help precious financial resources to be focused on expanding certification to forests that are not yet certified to either system,” reminded Mr. Gunneberg.
more at: https://pefc.org/news-a-media/general-sfm-news/2494-double-certification-continues-to-grow-joint-pefc-fsc-data-shows