Finland has three major companies in world top ten producing pulp and paper. According to Sikanen only few people know that these companies are also responsible for making textile fibers, biodiesel, bioethanol. And that they’re responsible for developing dozens of other bioproducts and green industrial symbioses based on forests and trees. Sikanen: ‘Today, one fifth of our export is coming from forest-based bioeconomy. Sustainability in bioeconomy as you know is the balanced combination of ecological, economic, social, and cultural sustainability.’
Since year 2000, timber sales have brought 24 billion euros of revenues for ordinary private citizens, who owns over 60% of all Finnish forests. Despite the large proportion of forestry in the Finnish economy and the heavy use of wood, the country has more trees and forests than ever before. There are about 80 million trees and that number continues to grow, according to Sikanen. Even if the next few years the current use of wood will increase further.
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