25.03.2019

Certifying local wood products from small, environmentally friendly producers

Lähipuu is a new certification in Finland that signifies 100% Finnish products from small, local producers who put environmental concerns first, helping these firms to stand out from the crowd.

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.

Benefits

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  • innovation benifits title: ECONOMIC
  • innovation benifits text: Lähipuu supports local wood producers by helping them to stand out from the crowd with a distinct mark of environmentally friendly, local, small businesses that serve their communities.
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  • partnership benifits title: ENVIRONMENT
  • partnership benifits text: This certification is designed as a signal to buyers that the product has low associated carbon emissions, and is produced to high environmental standards, something that is increasingly in demand in the market.
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  • economic benifits title: SOCIAL & LOCAL
  • economic benifits text: Small businesses are the lifeblood of rural economies, and Lähipuu helps to steer buyers towards products that support jobs and prosperity in local economies.

The Nordic Wood in Construction Secretariat is hosted by EIT Climate-KIC

The project is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.