When the forest is sustainably managed, it becomes an infinite resource. The growing trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. Throughout their life, wood products then continue to store the carbon sequestered by the harvested trees. In a typical year (2007), the combination of Sweden’s forest uptake and net storage of CO2 exceeded its fossil fuel CO2 emissions from transport.
Through a combination of active forest management, use of logging residues for energy production, and manufacturing of wood-based products – Swedish emissions of CO2 can be reduced significantly. There is huge growth potential in the forests. Swedish experience of sustainable forest management stimulating net growth while protecting biodiversity can be an important model for reducing climate impact all around the world.