Metsä Group is a forerunner in the circular bioeconomy

In the circular economy, flows of material, energy, information and value are optimised across the board. This enables us to achieve more with smaller amounts of natural resources.

We convert renewable wood from northern forests into a wide range of products, many of which replace fossil-based alternatives. The wood comes from forests that are managed and grown sustainably, fostering nature values.

In the circular economy, raw materials are kept in the cycle for as long as possible. They are also kept as valuable as possible, waste and emissions are minimised, and nature’s capacity for renewal is ensured. The bioeconomy is a circular economy based on renewable raw materials. Forest molecules originate from sustainable natural processes, during which they sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

See below examples of how we are implementing the circular economy

The circular economy is more than ramped-up waste management

The goal of the circular economy is to use resources optimally from the entire system’s perspective. Ideally, the circular economy mirrors natural systems and lives in harmony with them. Like nature, it has the ability to recover and renew itself. Reinforcing industrial symbioses and investing in cleaner process technology are practical examples of the circular economy. Metsä Group is a forerunner in the bio-based circular economy.

Climate benefits, innovations and cooperation

A wood-based circular economy has definite positive climate impacts. Climate efforts are being carried out on many fronts, through carbon sinks and storage, as well as by replacing products made of fossil-based raw materials. An average wooden apartment block of 1,400 m2 binds 340,000 kg of carbon dioxide, stored in the tree during its growth. An equivalent amount of carbon dioxide is released when driving 2.16 kilometres in a passenger car.