Sustainable forest and plantation management is essential for securing long-term availability of wood - our most important renewable raw material. As trees take many years or decades to mature, long-term forestry planning is essential.
Stora Enso has biological assets in Sweden, Finland, Brazil, Uruguay, China and Laos through its own subsidiaries, joint operations and indirectly through equity accounted investments. The biological assets consist of standing trees to be used as raw material in pulp and mechanical wood production and as biofuels.
In 2019 Stora Enso increased its forest holdings in Sweden from indirect share of 936 thousand hectares to direct ownership of 1.14 million hectares of productive forest land. The direct ownership of forests gives us better opportunities to further develop sustainable forest management. Well-managed forests and plantations can make entire ecosystems more resilient to negative impacts, and even benefit from the positive effects.Today, Stora Enso has forest assets valued at more than EUR 4.1 billion (land and biological assets) in its balance sheet, the highest value being of biological assets of EUR 3.6 billion among Nordic companies.
Biodiversity protection is an integral part of forest certification. Stora Enso promotes and participates in the development of forest certification systems. In 2018, 96% of land in wood production and harvesting owned and managed by Stora Enso was covered by forest certification schemes.
|Location||Amount of productive forest land||Standing stock, million m³ sub in 2018||Harvesting, million m³ sub in 2018|
|Sweden||1.14 million ha||79.3||3.1**|
|Share of Tornator||223 200 ha*||24.6||1.2|
|Veracel plantations, Brazil||43 700 ha*||2.9||1.7|
|Montes del Plata, Uruguay||81 200 ha*||8.1||1.4|
|Guangxi, Southern China||77 300 ha||6.4||1.1|
|Laos, leased trial plantation||3 100 ha|
|Russia, leased land||369 500 ha|