Renewable raw materials from responsibly managed forests are Billerud's most important resource, and we strive to source our raw materials from forests as close to our mills as possible. During 2022, 99.3% of the wood raw material for our European operations came from European countries.
More than 75% of the wood fiber used by our European operations comes from Swedish forests and the rest mainly from Norway, Finland and the Baltics.
About 75% of Billerud's fiber volume in Europe is supplied by around 90 sawmills, forest owners associations and large forest companies, based on supply agreements. About 25% of the fiber volume in Europe is harvested by our own forest organization at private forest owners and on Bergvik Skog Öst's land. Bergvik Skog Öst's forest, which we manage, covers almost 300,000 hectares of productive forest land in central Sweden. The forest management assignment includes all harvesting, forestry and all other practical issues related to forest holdings. A service that we also offer to the private forest owners through our field purchase department.
In North America, Billerud procures about four million tons of wood fiber from wood producers in the USA and Canada. Most of our wood fiber is sourced from the Great Lakes region of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ontario. Over half of the forest area is owned by numerous non-industrial private landowners (small holders) with the balance of the ownership represented by local, state, and federal agencies, industry, and others. The amount of wood (standing stock in the forest) is increasing in the Great Lakes region due to growth rates exceeding harvest levels. Sustainable harvesting methods ensure that forests are promptly reforested after harvest through natural regeneration or direct planting.
To read more about our department in Sweden, continue reading on our Swedish website.
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