Winter storms Gudrun in 2005 and Per in 2007 had devastating impact for many of Södra's members who experienced large areas of storm-felled forest as a result of these storms.
The storms impact is also clearly evident in the Carbon Footprint values that Södra has compiled for 2009, as confirmed by Södra's Environmental Director, Roine Morin.
" The Winter storms ravaged large areas of the forests resulting in a decrease in the net sequestration of carbon dioxide. Still, Södra does find a positive balance of carbon dioxide uptake for forest and forest products in total. However, the carbon footprint is 80 percent lower in 2009 compared to 2008.
Södra is positive about long- term growth in the forest.
The carbon dioxide uptake in 2009 was 90 kg Adt, or 180 000 tonnes of CO2 and Roine Morin estimates that in a few years time the figure will be around 450 kg Adt, as was the case in 2008.
" In recent years our members have felled much less intact forest and have replanted most of the storm damaged forest. Within a few years time, growth will increase and thereby carbon dioxide update will also increase in the forest."
The Carbon Footprint is the model that Södra uses to calculate the impact that pulp production has on the environment. The manufacturing process as a whole is converted into a value that indicates carbon dioxide uptake versus release that a product, in this case Södra's pulp, stands for.