Organised by CEN/TC 383 ‘Sustainably produced biomass for energy applications’, WG 3 ‘Biodiversity and environmental aspects’, on November 24 ECOS attended a study tour introducing SCA Forest Products in Sundsvall, Sweden. SCA is a leading global hygiene and forest products’ company and one of Europe’s largest private forest owner. The study tour also visited Bogrundet tree nursery.
ECOS Policy Officer Marjolaine Blondeau said: “The tour was useful to reflect on the sustainable chain of custody in the wood sector, on the important choice of certification schemes for wood and wood-based products, and on procedures and practices to protect biodiversity by sustaining essential ecological processes in this sector. These challenges relate to standardisation work undertaken in several technical committees followed by ECOS both at international and European level.”
The CEN Working Group also had the opportunity to visit a logging site where on average, 90 trees are cut per hour. In line with sustainable forest management, the soils around are protected and logging residues, leaves, and branches are re-used.
The study tour was followed by a presentation by Anna Marntell from the Swedish Forestry Agency on Sweden’s Silviculture Act and Sweden’s efforts to fulfill the EU’s Timber Regulation and ended with a visit of the Östrand pulp mill. The Östrand pulp mill in Timrå produces 425,000 tons totally chlorine free (TCF) bleached kraft pulp. About half of the plant’s production is used for SCA’s own manufacturing of publication papers and hygiene products and the remaining volume is sold to external customers. The plant also produces 95,000 tons chemical thermo-mechanical pulp for hygiene, packaging, and other products.
After the study tour, a WG meeting where EN 16214-3:2012 ‘Sustainably criteria for the production of biofuels and bioliquids for energy applications — Principles, criteria, indicators and verifiers — Part 3: Biodiversity and environmental aspects related to nature protection purposes’ was discussed together with the inclusion of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) effects in this context.