June 22, 2021
HKScan to promote carbon sequestration through forest fertilisation project in Finland
Together with its contract farmers, HKScan will promote local carbon sequestration in its food chain through a pilot project that will fertilise 500 hectares of forest in southern Finland.
The project aims to bind five million kilos of carbon in eight years. According to HKScan, solutions promoting carbon sinks are being examined on the fields of its contract farmers as well as in this project.
As part of the project, forest plots were carefully selected to ensure that growing trees make efficient use of nutrients and fertilisation can be carried out in an environment-friendly way.
"Fertilising significantly increases carbon sequestration in trees and accelerates the tree growth and hardening into logs. The use of logs in the production of furniture and wooden houses also increases the carbon stocks of long-lasting wooden products," Ulf Jahnsson, HKScan's vice president of strategic development (primary production), said. "Sustainable increase of carbon sinks and stocks in agriculture and forestry is a key part of the fight against climate change, and (in) this work, we are examining in the network of HKScan Agrofood Ecosystem together with our partners and contract farmers."
In addition to increasing carbon sequestration in trees, fertilisation increases carbon sequestration and carbon stocks in other vegetation. It also increases the amount of carbon bound in organic matter in soil. This results from increased litter production and slower decomposition of organic matter.
"Forest fertilisation is a good practical example of how we promote local carbon sequestration with our farmers," Jahnsson added. "With this pilot, we are not compensating for HKScan's carbon footprint but we want to examine possibilities with an open mind. We are ready to scale the best practices for all our markets."