Use of wood

Finland has long traditions in the use of wood for manufacturing printing and writing papers and packaging materials, as construction and interior design material, and for energy production. Today wood is also being used for the manufacture of many other everyday products, including cosmetics, pharmaceutical products and food. New innovative uses include wood and plastic composites and various biochemicals and biopolymers needed in the chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries. Modern technologies also enable the use of wood-derived ingredients to make clothes, plastic, asphalt or animal feed. Wood processing side streams are used to manufacture liquid biofuels which may be used to substitute for fossil oil in transport and heating.

One of the most significant benefits of wood compared to fossil fuels is renewability. As a rule the greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint of products manufactured from renewable biomass are smaller than those of similar products made from fossil raw materials.

Increased use of wood in diverse ways and for multiple purposes

Increasing the use of wood for various purposes has been set as the target in many strategies, including the National Forest Strategy 2025 and the Finnish Bioeconomy Strategy. Among the objectives of the Government Programme of Prime Minister Sipilä are the diversification and increase of the use of wood and raising its value added. One of the Government’s key projects is “Wood on the move and new products from forest”. By increasing the use of wood we aim to reduce the use of unrenewable natural resources, create new jobs and decrease the carbon footprint of various products.


Related links

Finland's Forests 2015
Good news from Finland: Forest industry

Forest industry in Finland
Forest based energy

Links to Finnish organisations and associations related to forest industry

The Finnish Forest Industries Federation
Finnish sawmills
Finnish chemical industries
Finnish energy