Forest-based circular bioeconomy
Our forest is not only important to us – it is part of the solution of many of today’s societal challenges.
Most of our land area is covered by forest, growth is high, and we have areas with unique natural environments. For us, a sustainable forestry and sustainable utilisation of natural resources is the basis for a sustainable circular bioeconomic society. This means working in line with environmental goals, while at the same time producing climate friendly products from renewable resources. Our forest contributes with construction material, bioenergy, and innovative products from biobased materials, as well as ecosystem services and recreation.
The three regions of Småland where frontrunners when they adopted joint forest and wood strategies together with regional organisations from different sectors. Our university as well as our industry has excellence covering the whole value change – from tree to product.
One of our core competences within the forest-based economy is building in wood. We have both the raw material and the know-how. Linnaeus university has research and education within then field of sustainable built environment and wood construction. Smart Housing Småland is our innovation arena for sustainable living solutions in wood and glass. In addition to this, various projects are currently going on, such as circular building and wood building schools. All around our regions, you find examples of buildings in wood, from private homes to public buildings.
Forest, wood, and climate
Forests are important to meeting climate change challenge:
- When forest grows it takes up CO2. That is why we always plant more trees than we harvest. The volume of standing wood in our forests have doubled in hundred years.
- Wood products store CO2. When wood is used for products such as buildings, they become a natural storage of carbon. Wood can be more easily recycled than many other materials, which helps closing the loop. Used wood can be reused in new products several times before final combustion to energy.
- Wood is a renewable material that can be used to substitute fossil materials.
- Wood is renewable and circular. We never let anything go to waste. All part of the trees should be used where it has its highest value. Therefore, we never burn whole trees and always take care of waste and bi-products We have found innovative ways to use residues in the production process to new products.
Leading the way forward
In Småland Blekinge Halland, you find innovative examples and leading innovation environments:
- Smart Housing Småland: innovation environment for sustainable buildings in wood and glass. Here we combine two of our traditional competences to come up with innovative solutions and products.
- Linnaeus university: The university carry out education and research within a broad scientific field, from forest to finished product and development of new wood products for construction and housing. It has a long tradition of cooperating with both industry and society. Many of these actors are gathered around Forest and wood centre South, a unique platform at Linnaeus University that works for increased collaboration and communication between research, education, industry, and society. Linnaeus University, together with Södra and IKEA, have created a unique long-term and strategic investment in research and education with a focus on forestry, innovation and sustainability – the Bridge.
- Småland’s forest and wood strategies: joint initiative between regions, universities, foresters, industry and national authorities. Together they have a vision and action plan with several cooperation projects in areas such as skills and education, building in wood, equality, and entrepreneurship.
Cooperate with us
We are open to all sorts of collaboration – knowledge sharing to cooperation projects. Contact Linda if you want to know more about forest and forest-based industry in Småland Blekinge Halland or to get in contact with initiatives and organisations in our regions.