What is the challenge?
Sweden needs a transition to a more circular economy, to meet the challenges of climate change and the limited nature of Earth’s resources. In this transition, forests are key. By making use of digitisation throughout the value chain, the forest sector can become more sustainable and boost its competitiveness in relation to more fossil-based or non-circular products.
”‘Mistra Digital Forest is a most welcome research programme that coordinates forestry’s most important digital development projects. The broad commitment on the part of research practitioners alongside the biggest forest industry companies offers good prospects of results.’
Jan Åhlund, Head of Forestry, Holmen Skog
How can the programme contribute to a solution?
Mistra Digital Forest focuses on creating functional digitisation that integrates the entire forest value chain, and where the industrial process begins right from the start, in the forest.
In the forest industry, access to high-resolution digital information is rapidly increasing. The purpose of research in this programme is to integrate the information flows and exploit the potential of information value chains. This can give a considerable boost to efficiency and value added.
Automatic data processing provides a foundation for planning and decisions in forestry. It allows more effective and resource-efficient use of raw material, machinery and data, and greater precision and predictability in planning and raw material flows.
The programme also provides digital solutions for forest sustainability analyses and a well-developed public dialogue.
Altogether, this is having a positive environmental impact on society and Sweden’s competitiveness, and making a vigorous contribution to Sweden’s transition to a bioeconomy and to mitigation of climate change.
Who will benefit from the results?
The forestry, the sawmill and paper and pulp industries will benefit greatly from the results, as will individual forest owners, the environmental movement and other nature conservation organisations. A joint programme test site for digital solutions, the Digital Forest Test Site, will be established as an important hub for programme collaboration.
The importance of research for a green recovery and sustainable transformation – Interviews with Mistra Programme Directors spring 2020.
Sverker Danielsson, Programme Director Mistra Digital Forest.