Bioeconomy Reform

Our journey

At the turn of the millennium, we started the journey towards a biorefinery. Our goal was to make more out of a tree, to create sustainable products from the forest. We know today that we can make a difference. We, together with our owners Aditya Birla and our customers, are a force in the development towards a sustainable bioeconomy, utilizing forests as a unique resource. Since the millennium, we have taken several steps forward, and we look forward to going even furtherl to meet the global challenge of a growing population and increased demands for renewable products.

In addition to offering renewable products, we work continuously to reduce our own environmental impact. We have focused on energy efficiency with great success, we review our transports and strive to become completely independent of fossil fuels. Today, the production of cellulose takes place without using any fossil fuels. 99 percent of the heating at Domsjö Fabriker is produced from forest biomass. Fossil oil is only used for starting and stopping the boilers.

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We are a development force

”We have a responsibility for the next generations. We must make sure that our common resources are used with a holistic view. There has to be a balance in the consumption of raw material and the resources given to us by Mother Nature. As one of the world’s leading biorefineries we are a forerunner and a model how we can contribute to developing the bioeconomy so many talk about and want to achieve. We want to and will be a force in this development also in the future”. Lars Winter, CEO.

Forest is the solution

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.

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BioInnovation is a venture with the vision that Sweden has switched to a bioeconomy in 2050. Initially the venture is financed by VINNOVA, the Swedish Energy Agency, Formas and participating stakeholders from academia, institutions, public and private sectors, including Domsjö Fabriker. The goal is to increase added value and competitiveness of the Swedish bio-based industry by creating the best possible conditions for development of new bio-based materials, products and services.

Circular economy

Circular economy has become a concept, with a meaning largely similar to the bioeconomy, where the circular cycle and its business opportunities are emphasized. With the renewable raw material wood as the basis and recovery of chemicals and energy from mills, biorefineries as Domsjö Fabriker also fit very well into this concept.

Climate agreement

The global climate agreement was approved by world leaders in Paris in 2015. Its goal can be achieved through increased use of existing renewable products while new materials and products are developed to replace fossil-based products. This emphasizes the importance of forests as one of the solutions to the climate problem. It is also fully in line with the development of biorefineries that we conduct.