Wood products have a unique ability to store carbon for up to hundreds of years. For example, the longer wooden buildings are in use, the longer the carbon is kept out of the atmosphere. The biggest growth opportunities of wood construction lie particularly in multi-storey construction and public sector construction. The new wood construction is based on industrially manufactured materials and large elements, from which houses can be assembled quickly. Concrete parts can also be replaced by wood.
Investment in the Rauma sawmill supports the goal
The carbon sequestered in wood remains in sawn timber, and one cubic metre of wood sequesters roughly a tonne of carbon dioxide.
Metsä Fibre is already Finland’s largest producer of sawn timber, producing 1.9 million cubic metres of sawn softwood a year. In 2018, our sawn timber production capacity totalled 1,819,000 cubic metres. With the Rauma sawmill investment, Metsä Fibre’s annual sawn timber production capacity will increase by 750,000 cubic metres. This constitutes a direct increase in carbon-storing products, in line with Metsä Group’s target for 2030.
The Rauma sawmill’s performance is unparalleled in the industry at all process stages. In addition, the high and consistent quality of the sawn timber is a key competitive factor. The planned customer base includes the furniture and component industries especially.
The sawmill will be constructed next to the existing Metsä Fibre pulp mill. The new integrated mill will use wood raw material very efficiently: the sawmill will use the log sections of tree trunks as raw material for sawn timber, and the chips, bark and sawdust produced during sawing will be conveyed to the pulp mill. The chips will be used for making pulp, and the bark and sawdust for generating bioenergy.
In the future, the sawmill investment will also enable both the Rauma sawmill and pulp mill to operate without using any fossil fuels.