Lähipuu, Developed by: Suomen Sahayrittäjät ry
Certification helps us to trust that wooden products are sourced responsibly, and FSC and PEFC are familiar names in the industry. These big international certifications are useful, but they don’t help to indicate where the wood has originated from, which is important when trying to source local wood and support a domestic forestry sector. Lähipuu is Finland’s answer to this, established by the Finnish Sawmill Entrepeneurs’ Association. The certification is used to signify 100% Finnish products produced in using low-carbon processes by small, local businesses. This way, Lähipuu certified products can stand out from the rest of the market.
Shipping timber by just 100km can result in carbon emissions equal to those from all of the forestry and milling processes, so how far the wood has come to be on the construction site can make a big difference to the total carbon emissions. As such, certifications such as Lähipuu that indicate locally produced wood are a simple and effective tool to reduce emissions from transport. In addition, these certified products are made to the highest environmental standards, so buyers can be sure that they are making a choice for low-carbon wooden construction materials that come from healthy forests.