Woodsafe and the 2030 Agenda
Woodsafe has great opportunities to contribute to several of the UN's global development goals as part of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. Since 2020, we have mapped how our operations contribute to the global goals, and there are six selected goals in particular where our impact is greatest. To make the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Woodsafe's agenda, the entire value chain must be included in our sustainability work.
Woodsafe has identified that we have the greatest impact on the following goals:
Woodsafe consumes energy in our processes. We see a negative impact in the external environment where unloading is performed with a fossil-powered loader due to lifting capacity. What we can influence is other equipment, fuels, trucks and electricity, which we also do and where we switch to our own sustainable solar energy plant with the capacity to be self-sufficient and to sell the surplus earmarked as solar energy. Our internal consumption is converted to low-energy lighting, engines and that all trucks are charged with our own solar energy. The heat we need is created in our biofuel plant where the fuel comes from nearby sawmills in the form of pellets.
Woodsafe cares for our employees and offers a workplace where all employees can achieve a balance between work and spare time. We carry out ongoing and systematic work environment management to minimize risks in the workplace such as noise volume, monotonous tasks and heavy lifting. Financial stability in the company enables us to be a long-term sustainable employer.
Woodsafe has an uneven composition of women and men in our business. There is therefore a risk that we do not yet capture all the work environment improvements and growth opportunities that a more mixed working group could contribute to.
Woodsafes contributes to the goal of sustainable cities and communities by enabling fireproof construction in wood. This means reduced emissions from the construction sector and creates safe housing and jobs for more people. Wooden buildings have a naturally improved indoor climate and can create increased mental well-being.
As cities grow, new opportunities for growth are often created, but it can also increase the gaps between people, reduce habitats for plants and animals and cause increased emissions. Woodsafe's contribution to urbanization in society can thus have a negative environmental impact.
Our core business is to fire-impregnate wood so that it can be used as a building material in homes as well as in public buildings and workplaces. By offering the market products that give wooden buildings a long service life with good fire protection, we contribute to a more climate-smart construction that also increases the quality of life for people who live in the buildings and safeguard economic values.
In our value chain, there is a negative climate impact in terms of transport, energy consumption and waste. We constantly strive to improve this, among other things by switching to solar, and bioenergy, low energy in all lighting, fans, ventilation, internal handling by truck.
The construction industry accounts for 21 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Wood binds carbon and is therefore a climate-smart building material that binds carbon dioxide both while the tree is growing in the forest and as long as the completed building is in place. Woodsafe offers the market fire impregnation of wood which refines the properties of the wood and makes it possible to build safely in wood to a greater extent. In this way, we contribute to combating climate change. Through our value chain, we have a negative impact on climate change in the form of, for example, carbon dioxide emissions, mainly from transports located in our scope 3. We have already reduced our negative impact and continue the work to improve our climate footprint, with the goal of becoming completely climate neutral within scope 1, 2 and 3 by the year 2025.
By working together with our partners to ensure that one hundred percent of all wood raw material that passes through Woodsafe's factory is certified, we contribute to preserving ecosystems and maintaining biodiversity. Together with our partners, we also contribute to reforestation to ensure the regrowth of forests as well as biodiversity.
Modern forestry is often dominated by monocultures, which has a negative impact on biological diversity. Woodsafe's operations thus run the risk of, in the long run, pushing for unsustainable forestry where biological diversity is threatened.