A total of 85.1 million m3 of roundwood was consumed in Finland in 2021, most of it (72.2 million m3) processed by forest industries; wood products sector consumed 30.4 million m3 of roundwood, pulp sector consumed 41.8 million m3 of raw wood: Luke

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HELSINKI , May 26, 2022 (press release) –


  • In 2021, a total of 85.1 million cubic metres of roundwood were consumed in Finland, being 9% more than in the previous year and the highest volume in the history of the statistics.
  • The majority of roundwood, 72.2 million cubic metres, was processed by the forest industries, up by 8% from the previous year. Domestic roundwood accounted for 62.4 million cubic metres of all roundwood processed by the forest industries, being 9% more than in the year before. The volume of imported roundwood increased by 1% to 9.8 million cubic metres.
  • Wood products industries consumed 30.4 million cubic meters of roundwood. Of the volume, 27.2 million cubic meters went to sawmilling industry. Wood-based board and other wood products industries used 3.2 million cubic meters of raw wood.
  • The pulp industries consumed 41.8 million cubic meters of raw wood. 34.7 million cubic meters of that volume was processed in the chemical pulp industry. In the mechanical and semi-chemical pulp industry used 7.1 million cubic meters of raw wood.
  • In 2021, a total of 4.4 million solid cubic metres of chips were imported into Finland, of which the forest industries consumed 2.5 million cubic metres. A total of 1.9 million solid cubic metres of imported chips were burned as energy, up by 3% from the previous year.
  • Some 12.9 million cubic metres of roundwood was burned in energy generation, being 14% more than in the previous year. Of this amount, 6.5 million cubic metres were burned as firewood in small-scale housing and 6.4 cubic metres as forest chips manufactured from stemwood at heating and power plants.
  • A total of 27.5 million cubic metres of forest industry by-products and various residues were used, 16% more than in the previous year. Of this, 9.8 million cubic metres were used for the production of forest industry products as sawmill chips and dust, while 17.3 million cubic metres were consumed in energy generation. In energy generation, heating and power plants consumed 3 million cubic metres of various types of forest residues (logging residues and stumps) and 12.7 million cubic metres of forest industry by-products and other industrial wood residues (mainly industrial chips, sawdust and bark). The consumption of recycled wood and wood pellets and bricks totalled 1.6 million cubic metres. In small-scale housing, a total of 0.4 million cubic metres of fuelwood from wood residues from sawmills and construction, as well as wood pellets, were burned.

For more detailed information on wood consumed by the forest industries, please see the statistics release of the Natural Resources Institute Finland (27 April 2022). Preliminary statistics on solid wood fuels consumed by heating and power plants were published on 24 May 2022, and the data were specified on 24 May 2022. Information on fuelwood consumed by small-scale housing during the 2016/2017 heating season is available on the statistics release. The final statistics on total roundwood consumption in 2021 will be published in November 2022.


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