Solutions from wood-based bio-circular economy featured at the Arctic Council Foreign Ministers’ meeting

Ministry for Foreign Affairs 24.4.2019 16.25
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During the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council Finland has in various ways also showcased Finland’s Arctic expertise and environmentally-friendly innovations. Uusi Puu - The New Wood -project presents wood-based bioeconomy and circular economy solutions at the Arctic Council meeting on 7 May Rovaniemi. The everyday heroes and new innovations shown in the exhibition demonstrate in very concrete ways how wood-based innovations can be used to respond to global sustainable development challenges.

Under the theme ‘What wood can do’ the exhibition presents a wide variety of wood-based solutions related to packaging, textiles, indoor decoration, chemical and pharmaceutical industry applications, and climate-friendly agriculture. More than 20 Finnish operators participating in the New Wood project are presenting bioproducts already placed on the market that substitute for fossil raw materials. Also shown are new innovations about to enter the market in the near future.

Sulapac® packaging uses a biodegradable and microplastic-free material that has plastic like properties, yet it biodegrades completely and leaves no microplastics behind. Sulapac® is fully biodegradable premium packaging material made out of wood. Only wood from sustainably managed Nordic forests is used. Sulapac eco-packages reduce the accumulation of plastic packaging waste.

Finland’s two-year Chairmanship culminates with the Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Rovaniemi on 7 May 2019.

“During the Chairmanship Finland has stressed the importance of collaboration in climate change mitigation under the theme ‘Exploring common solutions’. Finnish forestry industry is a strong advocate of this theme through the sustainable use of wood, production that is largely based on renewable energy, and products that substitute for fossil raw materials”, says Aleksi Härkönen, Finland’s Ambassador for Arctic Affairs.

Soilfood produces soil amendments from nutrient and carbon rich sidestreams of the forest industry which help to reduce dependence on non-renewable nutrients. Soilfood produces soil amendments from nutrient and carbon rich sidestreams of the forest industry which help to reduce dependence on non-renewable nutrients.

“The New Wood exhibition shows us a good selection of Finnish expertise and concrete solutions, including those to reduce the use of plastics”, Härkönen sums up.

Wood-based bioproducts support the transition from a fossil economy to the bioeconomy and circular economy.

“I am sure that such a broad range of Finnish bioproducts shows the leaders of the Arctic countries how many ways there are to replace fossil products and other environmentally harmful materials by wood-based ones”, says Hanna Kalliomäki, chair of the New Wood project.

 

The exhibition in Rovaniemi is open to the participants of the Arctic Council Foreign Ministers’ meeting on 7 May 2019.

 

The New Wood -project

Finland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2017–2019