A new type of forest machine is currently driving around the forests of Sweden. It combines a low-impact approach, increased productivity and an improved operator environment and is the result of a major cooperative project that has been under way since 2019. The concept machine is called Centipede and it has been developed by SCA, seven other Swedish forestry companies and the forest machinery manufacturer Komatsu. The machine is currently being test driven and the results are promising. Swedish forestry is facing major challenges and the issue of sustainability is the focus of attention. For this reason, Södra, Sveaskog, SCA, Holmen, Norra Skog, Mellanskog, Stora Enso and BillerudKorsnäs, as well as the forest machinery manufacturer Komatsu Forest, have jointly developed a new forest machine for low-impact forestry. With its innovative technology, the machine – called Centipede – is designed to ensure the most sustainable possible management of forests for both the environment and people.
“I believe the future is wood,” says Clodagh O’Reilly, a speaker at the 2022 PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue, taking place on 12 May in Dublin.
“The forestry sector needs to stand together and promote the use of sustainably sourced wood.”
Clodagh is the Sales and Supply Chain Director at the forestry business Coillte Forest.
She has been working with Coillte for the past 14 years in a variety of finance and operational management roles.
Ahead of the Stakeholder Dialogue, we spoke to her about the enormous potential of sustainable forest management for a low carbon economy, and the role of forest certification in the forestry sector.
more at: https://pefc.org/news/its-a-no-brainer-to-use-more-sustainably-sourced-wood