Our work for sustainability is a priority
Our environmental work is based on meeting the requirements for a sustainable environment, handling of chemical products, etc., as authorities and customers require from us, and that the company is certified according to ISO 14001:2015 for our systematic sustainable environmental work. Our work on continuous improvement and prevention of pollution involves the following:
- Taking into account the product's energy consumption when developing treatment methods.
- Reducing waste wherever possible and sorting residual waste.
Giving priority to environmentally friendly choices of resources, such as electricity and heating by biofuel, wherever possible. The company has made an active choice to choose green electricity such as hydroelectric and wind power. Our goal is, among other things, to reduce waste despite increased production, among other things through reuse of packaging.
Durability in three dimensions
Environmental sustainability is often described as defining or being the basis of the two other sustainability components of social and economic sustainability. It is about the ecosystem of the earth and long-term retaining its desired functions, e.g. production of food and energy, provision of clean water, climate control, recreation etc.
The main component of Woodsafe fire-protected wood is various types of wood such as spruce, pine, birch and others. Wood from sustainable forestry is a renewable material, the only renewable building material used on a large scale. In our climate in the Nordic countries, the material is usually regenerated within 100-200 years with only the sun and nature as the source.
Thus, Woodsafe fire-protected wood has great advantages over other building materials in terms of both production and recycling. It is beneficial for long-term conservation of the desired functions of the earth's ecosystem. EPD documentation is available through some of our partners.
There are different definitions of the concept of economic sustainability. Here it is to be understood as an economic development that does not have any negative consequences for environmental or social sustainability. Thus, an increase in economic capital must not occur at the expense of a decrease in natural or social capital.
In this perspective, Woodsafe fire-protected wood stands very well in comparison with many other building materials. The energy used to extract wood products for construction purposes from the forest is significantly lower than for corresponding construction products of other materials. In addition, a large part of the energy used is bioenergy (eg as an energy source in impregnation processes), which is carbon neutral.
Carbon dioxide emissions to produce a square meter of surface in a building erected using wood building technology are thus significantly lower than if another building technique is used. The magnitude of the energy difference between a building or a building mainly made of wood and a built of mainly other materials is, of course, dependent on the design of the building and the building technique used. However, it can generally be stated that the energy consumption "from the cradle to the gate", that is, from raw material extraction to finished building, is significantly lower for both small houses and multi-dwelling houses if wooden building technology is used instead of concrete or steel building technology.
All in all, this means that fire-protected wood is an economically sustainable choice as it does not have any negative consequences for environmental or social sustainability.
Social sustainability here means a development that meets today's needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Woodsafe fire-protected wood meets these criteria well. The two most important factors for this are that the raw material wood is renewable and that the manufacturing process itself consumes less energy than alternative material choices.
This means that generation after generation can benefit from the cycle that applies to wood products. It starts with the trees forming oxygen through photosynthesis as they grow and continues with harvesting, production, construction, re-use and recycling through energy recovery which gives back carbon dioxide to the photosynthesis.