Stora Enso contributes to climate-smart building for World Ski Championships

Stora Enso has a special tradition of partnership with the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. The company is now taking another clear step in this collaboration and is ensuring the realization of a building for the World Ski Championships at the Lugnet Arena.

“We have been given the opportunity to become involved and assume responsibility using our wood products, and ensure that we build a climate-smart center that will be of great use to the World Ski Championships and Falun residents. Wooden houses and wood products store carbon dioxide throughout their lifetimes and we believe that wood construction is the way of the future. With this new building, we will be able to clearly show these advantages to our stakeholders,” says Karl-Henrik Sundström, EVP, Printing and Living.

The two-storey building will be constructed at Lugnet and serve as an administrative building with space for office premises. It will comprise a wooden frame and include the use of prefabricated CLT elements (
cross-laminated timber), and paint will be supplied by Falu Rödfärg.

Prefabricated CLT elements are a sustainable, efficient and safe method of building offering a freedom of architecture and design. With CLT elements the construction of the building at Lugnet Arena will take only six months from start to finish.

“It is highly gratifying that a global company such as Stora Enso with a strong local presence in our region has decided to invest in the World Ski Championships. Stora Enso works exclusively with renewable materials and it was natural for us to work together with the company on constructing a climate-smart World Ski Championships building. The building will last into the future to the delight for many people and forthcoming events at Lugnet,” says Sven von Holst, CEO WSC 2015.

“The World Ski Championships in Falun are extremely positive for the region of Dalarna and Sweden. We want to be involved and contribute to a successful and responsible event by being a main sponsor. This construction project is an excellent example of how, through partnership with local stakeholders, a global company can assume responsibility and contribute to making Lugnet a more attractive arena – even after the Championships have taken place,” says Per Lyrvall,
Country Senior Executive, Sweden, Stora Enso.

For further information, please contact:
Jonas Nordlund, Director, Communications in Sweden, Stora Enso, tel. +46 1046-71663

Stora Enso is the global rethinker of the paper, biomaterials, wood products and packaging industry. We always rethink the old and expand to the new to offer our customers innovative solutions based on renewable materials. Stora Enso employs some 28,000 people worldwide, and our sales in 2012 amounted to EUR 10.8 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY) in the International OTCQX over-the-counter market.