Sustainable choices for the construction and transport industry

Metsä Wood Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber), birch plywood and spruce plywood products are high-quality engineered wood products made for the needs of the construction, concrete formwork and transport industries. These products are ideal for use in whole wooden structures or with other materials. Using engineered wood products in different applications may offer transport savings, because the products are easy to transport to the site. In addition, the products are easy to machine and fasten using conventional woodworking tools and fasteners.

All products are made from renewable wood raw material, which helps reduce dependence on fossil resources and offer sustainable choices for demanding and robust industries. The wood in the products locks carbon as long as the products are used. The products thus act as carbon storage. 

Wood products as carbon storage

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One of the most important ways to mitigate climate change is to reduce dependence on fossil resources. Wood is a renewable, recyclable and reusable material. Our products are produced from wood harvested from sustainably managed northern forests. As trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store the carbon. Wood products function as carbon storage for as long as the product is used. 

As the building sector contributes up to 30% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions, it plays a vital role in combating climate change. Wood construction is part of the solution. Wood products lock approximately 1 tonne of CO2 per 1 m3 of wood! The environmental performance of wooden buildings derives from renewable and sustainable wood. Metsä Wood’s construction materials are ideal for use in whole wooden structures or with other building materials, creating hybrid structures. The long service life of engineered wood products ensures long carbon storage. Every tree used in construction stores carbon and makes room for new seedlings – a new carbon sink. 

Reuse and recycling of wood products ensure prolonged carbon storage. As long as the engineered wood products are used, the carbon remains stored. Our products can have several end-of-life scenario options. Alternatives for end-of-life options may vary according to the available technologies, market-specific waste legislation, local waste handling systems and consumer behaviour. Once the material is disposed of, biogenic carbon is released back into the atmosphere. The released carbon dioxide is absorbed from the atmosphere by trees in the photosynthesis process.

Our target is to increase the use of wood products

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Metsä Wood’s target for 2030 is to increase the amount of stored carbon in construction and other applications. Metsä Wood provides a wide range of carbon-storing engineered wood products for demanding applications. 

In Europe, construction consumes more raw materials than any other industry – and the majority of this consumption is based on non-renewable natural resources. Measured in weight, construction’s share of the consumption of non-renewable natural resources is as high as 50 per cent. In addition, the built environment causes a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and consumes roughly 40 per cent of primary energy.

Because it is renewable and ecological, wood is an excellent construction material from the environmental perspective. Wood can be classified as a low-energy construction material. By increasing its use, we can reduce the consumption of non-renewable natural resources and the carbon dioxide emissions of construction. 

In addition to construction, high-quality engineered wood products can be used in several other applications, including the concrete formwork and transport vehicle industries. Using wood in a wide range of demanding applications reduces dependency on fossil-based materials. 

Metsä Wood’s target related to Increasing carbon storage in wooden construction and other applications refers to the following United Nations Sustainable Development Targets:


Safe engineered wood products

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Metsä Wood products are manufactured according to relevant national and international regulations and standards, and the products have several product approvals. The continuous high quality of products is ensured by modern quality assurance procedures. Both the production process and product properties are systematically controlled. In addition to Metsä Wood’s own quality control, Eurofins Expert Services Oy oversees production operations and internal quality control at Metsä Wood’s plywood and Kerto LVL mills. 

The majority of Metsä Wood products are CE-marked. The products have been assessed by Eurofins Expert Services Oy and are therefore deemed to meet the EU safety, health and environmental protection requirements for construction products. 

All plywood and Kerto LVL products are bonded with weather-resistant adhesives. During hot pressing, the adhesives cure as thermoset plastic, and are therefore inert and non-hazardous to humans and animals.

The formaldehyde emitted by Metsä Wood products falls far below the Class E1 requirement of ≤ 0.100 ppm, and the majority also fulfils the most stringent formaldehyde emission requirements in the world. 

Metsä Wood products do not contain more than 0.1% any of the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) listed in the Candidate List of ECHA, because these substances have not been intentionally added to products. The Candidate List is monitored for updates.