Circular economy

The circular economy means an economy where raw materials and their value are employed as efficiently and wisely as possible. The objective is to create more income with fewer resources and in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Resource efficiency and the circular economy are built into the forest industry.

The forest industry uses natural resources efficiently and sparingly, it minimises the environmental load of its production as well as recycles efficiently. The natural resources used by the forest industry are mostly local resources such as timber and water. Processes have been developed so that a smaller amount of raw material is needed to produce more end product and environmental impacts are shrinking.


For several decades already, the forest industry has consistently worked on environmental and responsibility issues. We want to continue to be frontrunners in the future as well. In 2012, the Finnish forest industry agreed on joint environmental and responsibility commitments to meet by 2020. The implementation of these commitments has progressed well.


The forest industry is continually working on improving environmental protection. Production facilities’ emissions have dropped to a fraction of what they used to be while production volumes have increased. Responsible operations and continual improvement in environmental performance will guarantee favourable developments in future as well.

Forest industry and UN’s 2030 Agenda for suitable development

The forest industry plays an important role in Finland and globally in the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which were approved in 2015.