Södra’s nurseries are 100-percent fossil-free

Södra’s nurseries have now transitioned to fossil-free operations. Heating, machinery and vehicles are all powered by renewable energy. “Persistent efforts and environmental investments of SEK 10 million have generated results,” said Johan Jonsson, Head of Södra Skogsplantor.

After several years of hard work, the Flåboda nursery south of Växjö became totally fossil-free in 2015. Since then, efforts to transition to fossil-free operations have also been ongoing at the Falkenberg facility. In the final stage of the transition, the gas to the greenhouses was turned off last spring and when the heating system is restarted in the autumn it will be powered by new, environmentally friendly, wood pellet boilers. This means that all operations, not only in Falkenberg but in all of Södra’s nurseries, are now fossil-free.

“Greenhouses, production premises and staff rooms are heated with either pellets from our own sawmills at Långasjö and Värö, or by geothermal systems. The electricity we use is green and generated by our pulp mills. In addition, all of our machinery and vehicles run on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO*),” said Johan Jonsson.

Reduced CO₂ emissions is a key sustainability target for Södra and also means that production must be fossil-free by 2020.

“Due to several years of successful efficiency improvements, our fossil-free production target will soon be achieved by all of our production units. It is very gratifying that our nurseries have already reached this goal,” said Henrik Brodin, project manager for ‘A fossil-free Södra.’

*HVO is a synthetic diesel fuel produced by hydrogenating plant and animal fats, mainly sourced from abattoir trimmings and rapeseed oil.

For more information, please contact:
Johan Jonsson, Head of Södra Skogsplantor
Tel: +46 (0)70-313 70 95
E-mail: johan.jonsson@sodra.com

Henrik Brodin, project manager for ‘A fossil-free Södra’
Tel:  +46 (0)73-043 78 27
E-mail: henrik.brodin@sodra.com

Södra’s Pressroom
Tel: +46 (0)470-890 90
E-mail:press@sodra.com

Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of more than 51,000 forest owners. We engage in modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. Net sales in 2017 were 20.5 SEK billion and there were 3,400 employees. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the future of sustainable forestry.

Tags:

About Us

Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of close to 52,000 forest owners. Södra is also an international forest industry Group, with 3,400 employees around the world. Net sales in 2017 were 20.5 SEK billion. Balancing production efficiency with nature conservation guides everything that we do. We produce timber, interior wood products, pulp for paper and textiles, and green energy. We use every part of the tree, and are always looking to develop new products from this fantastic, renewable raw material. Södra is a world-leading producer of market pulp and also owns one of the largest sawmill operations in Europe. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the future of sustainable forestry.

Subscribe

Media

Media

Quotes

Due to several years of successful efficiency improvements, our fossil-free production target will soon be achieved by all of our production units. It is very gratifying that our nurseries have already reached this goal.
Henrik Brodin, project manager for ‘A fossil-free Södra.’