Quality and the environment

Quality

SLP-quality is guaranteed by comprehensive management of production and the delivery process. A high-quality, selectively chosen raw material, optimized production process and the right to use the ThermoWood® trademark issued by the International ThermoWood Association are the foundation of our operations and our quality. SLP is one the pioneers in the world in the thermal treatment of wood. Long experience assures know-how and quality products. The process control of SLP’s thermal treatment has itself been developed and precisely optimized. As a raw material, we use primarily northern spruce and pine. In the procurement of our raw materials, we seek for long-term cooperation with local sawmills.

There are several certificates which testify to the level of responsibility in our work. SLP has been granted ISO9001 and ISO14001 quality certifications. ISO9001 indicates leadership and the quality and careful planning of our operations. ISO14001 sets out the criteria for environmental management system. It ensures effective environmental management in SLP’s operations. It obligates organizations to clarify all its environmental impacts as well as its environmental aims. Environmental management system demands continuously follow-up and improvement.

Finotrol Oy monitors as an outside auditor SLP’s management of the chain of origin for raw materials and the quality of its production. As certification of these, the Finnish Forest Certification System has granted SLP the right to use the PEFC certification of origin and the International ThermoWood Association has granted the right to use the ThermoWood® (TWM) quality trademark.

We seek to constantly develop and continuously improve our operations. We value the feedback we receive from our customers and we seek to utilize it in the development of our business. We want to be in active interaction with our customers and we seek to build mutually beneficial relationships. We have also set goals for ourselves and we seek to achieve these while remaining true to our values.

By showing respect for these matters and listening to the wishes of our customers, we want to offer in our products quality and luxury. We trust in the excellent features thermal treatment gives to the wood and we give. For the paint surface of painted products, we give a 10 year guarantee.

twa-tmt               BV_ISO9001_ISO14001              pecf_logo

The environment

We respect nature and take into consideration the affects of our operations on the environment. These matters are an essential part of our company values. It is our goal to operate in a manner that will have as slight an impact on the environment as possible. We use electricity generated from renewable natural energy sources and use the waste created in production to produce thermal energy. We place great value and importance on the fact that our products are natural and environmentally friendly and we believe these are matters our customers value as well.

We also want to make the environmental impact of the production process itself as slight as possible. The waste generated in our production is used by at our facility as well as elsewhere to produce thermal energy. We have invested in development work in order that we could utilize waste as well as possible. We believe that, in the future, this matter will be of even greater importance. Our goal is to keep up with developments in this area as well and to consider how we can develop our operations while also respecting the environment.

That our products are environmentally friendly and natural are important values for SLP. The relative weight of these matters will only increase in the future, because we wish to constantly develop in this area too. We have faith that customers will continue to give even greater consideration to the environmental effects of products and to value the environmental friendliness of products as well as their effects on health.

Using wood in construction

The use of a wood product in construction is an environmental action. The carbon stored in wood products helps decrease the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and thus prevents climate change. Carbon remains stored in wood products throughout their entire life cycle which includes use, reuse and recycling. A wood product is one of the oldest building materials and the only one that is naturally renewable. There is no other common building material whose production requires less energy. Producing wood requires less fossil fuel than, for example, the production of steel. Processing wood also requires little energy and it can be classified as a low-energy building material. Wood is a light material and, in the production of a wood product, transportation accounts for only about 2-3 % of the energy consumption. Wood-based waste is used as a biofuel and it can be used to replace the use of fossil fuels. Wood is biodegradable and, after use, it can be returned to the natural cycle, wherein it releases carbon dioxide and water.
A wood product thus binds carbon throughout its entire life cycle and is a low-energy and renewable material. Thermo-treated wood that has been removed from use is not hazardous waste. Instead it can, without risk and just as with normal wood, be utilized for energy production or placed in a landfill.

Forest use in Finland

With forest covering 76% of the ground area, Finland is Europe’s most heavily forested country. Of this 89% is coniferous forestlands and 10% is primarily deciduous. Nearly all (96%) of Finnish forests are classified as similar to natural forests. The influence of man can be seen in the forests, but the tree species are domestic and the species structure is reminiscent of the structure of natural forests. Forestry has a very solid base in Finland and less wood is used than would be yearly produced. The ratio of tree growth to thinning is the most important measure of the sustainability of forest production. Over the long term, thinning must not exceed growth.

In Finland, forestry is regulated and monitored though many laws and regulations. The use of these measures seeks to preserve the health and vitality of the forests, to ensure diversity and renewability, as well as to develop forestry. In Finland, the Forest Act regulates the remaining of forest as forest even after harvesting: after regeneration felling of forest, a crop of seedlings capable of economically viable growth must be established within a reasonable period of time. The forestry economy plays a significant role in the economic life of Finland.

Wood has an important part in the fight against climate change. A greater consumption of wood products would promote the expansion of Europe’s forests and would decrease greenhouse gas emissions by replacing products based on the use of fossil fuels. The European Commission is presently examining methods of promoting this kind of development. The selection of materials, particularly in construction, will come to be an essential part of the climate politics of many countries.