The forest and its products are part of the solution to the climate and environmental issues of our time as more and more see the opportunities with bioeconomy instead of an economy largely based on fossil raw materials. Through the transition to a resource efficient economy based on renewable raw materials produced through sustainable forestry our collective carbon footprint is reduced. Forest industry products are refined in many different areas and often replace materials and products made from fossil raw materials. In addition to a high degree of refining, important jobs are also created.
There is a clear picture of the conditions necessary for development of a sustainable bioeconomy. The Swedish forest industry has important as the world's second largest exporter of forest products, but also with great expertise as well as advanced research. Swedish companies are at the very forefront as regards development of new wood and cellulose-based products, such as bioplastics, biocomposites, carbon fibre materials and textile fibres. Breakthroughs in the development of chemicals and refined fuels are also imminent.
A prerequisite for a sustainable bioeconomy is increased access to renewable raw materials. The Swedish forests are developed instead of being exploited, with harvesting far less than the growth, a guarantees future access. Sweden has more forests than ever with more than 20 % of the forest being exempt from consumption for nature conservation reasons.