SCA aims to cut its total carbon footprint by 20% by 2020 through a range of strategies expected to include more fossil fuel substitution, packaging reduction, cutting waste and boosting delivery efficiency.

This was the message from the company at a special conference organised for UK customers this week.

The event, “Forests, Wood Supply and the Low Carbon Economy”, in Billesley near Stratford-upon-Avon attracted an audience of 50, including builders, timber merchants, wood product managers and representatives of the environmental teams at Wolseley and Travis Perkins.

SCA Forest Products vice-president communications Bjorn Lyngfelt said the company was already a net absorber of CO2, with its 2.6 million ha of forests annually sequestering 2.5 times the amount generated by its forestry, paper and timber operations.

“Currently delivering 1m³ of timber from the forest in Sweden to our base in Stoke-on-Trent generates 68kg of C02,” said SCA Timber Supply managing director Rob Simpson. “That’s only the equivalent of cooking two family joints of meat!”

Despite this performance, said Mr Lyngfelt SCA is committed to further improvement.