Competition is getting tough in green energy

Nordic collaboration about green energy is strongly advised in a report that Jorma Ollila made for Nordic Council of Ministers.


– For the moment the Nordic countries are leading the competition, but each country separately can be to weak to survive in the international competition. The question is whether we can afford not to cooperate in this matter, says Ollila, who thinks the biggest challenge for the Nordic countries will come during the next ten years.

The competition in the green energy area will get tougher rapidly and big actors will invest.

Jorma Ollila suggests the Nordic countries to set ambitious goals and have a clear vision of what to achieve.

– The goal should be to innovate the smartest energy system in the world and to find the most economic way for the transition to green economy.

The report consists of 14 suggestions for tighter collaboration in the green energy area. Read more and download the report here!



“Bioeconomy and digitalization is a perfect match”

kuusisaari-jaakko_350The words come from Jaakko Kuusisaari from Tieto, Finland, and he means that the digitalization of the society can help realize a green industrial transition.


He and others discussed the matters recently in two seminars hosted by the Nordic Council of Ministers at the 8th Annual Forum for the European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) in Berlin 13-14 June.

Both digitalization and bioeconomy are deeply connected to a profound change in consumer behaviour and in the way we look at the world. Jaakko Kuusisaari thinks that their union will create abundant opportunities and drive green growth.


Read about how that will happen here!



SNS in conference collaboration

NordGen Forest Conference 2017: “Innovation and forest regeneration”

Scandic Silkeborg, 19-20 September 2017


New ideas for the use of wood and new challenges for traditional forms of operation open up for reflection on renewal in forest cultivation. During the conference, new initiatives in the field of forest regeneration will be taken into account and their implementation in practice will be considered. Furthermore, there are reports of recent research results that may change tomorrow’s forestry.

SNS Nordic Forest research is collaborating with NordGen Forest, Danish Nurseries and the Danish Nature Agency to make a great platform for new thoughts and ingenious ideas!

Register latest 15th of august!

More about program, transports and accommodation here!

Climate change can cause more cyclones

ökenTropical cyclones can become more frequent and cause more damage when climate gets warmer, writes

‘This is the conclusion of the researchers who made a simulation of an earlier warm period about 6000 years ago. The researchers claim that warmer climate will make Sahara green and reduced dust emissions. The cyclones will be more frequent, which can have devastating socioeconomic impact.

Read the article here!

Antarctica is turning green

Antarctica is getting greener every year. The cause is – climate change.

Researchers have found that the moss on Antarctica is growing three times faster than previously measured, making the coastline look greener. Their measurements is made on a 600 km long moss bank and can give a long time perspective on climate change.

Read the article in Current Biology!

Increasing interest for education in Swedish forestry

There isn’t even room for all students wanting to learn more about forestry in southern Sweden. More than ever apply for the courses and programs.

The European network of former students is growing every year. There are grants for foreign students to come to the agricultural university Alnarp outside of Malmö, and the big Swedish furniture company IKEA grants polish and Baltic students. Today there is also a two year master program called Euroforester.

But not only foreign student wants to study in Alnarp. Swedish students from the northern parts of the country takes some of their courses in there.

Now the university has got 24 brand new rooms for students. All in all there is 220 rooms for rent, and there are other alternatives outside of the university area.

Read more in the newsletter for SLU/Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Skog Alnarp!

Forestry flies again

SkogsbrukForestry struggles with decreasing demand and falling prices. But now aviation can give Swedish forestry wings: make fuel of the forest!

When forest and aviation cooperate there can be two winners. Forestry get a new, sustainable business branch and flying can finally find a way to lower the emissions.

The Swedish Environmental Institute and the Swedish Innovation authorities is working on a solution to effectively produce certified fuel from wood raw material, test it and find a future for it.

The project is to be finished at the end of the year.

Read more here!

Well done, students!

Eight persons got 10 000 Swedish crowns each from the fund Arvid Lindmans pris for best master thesis 2016.

To be nominated for the grant, the master thesis has to be about forestry. One person per sector can be nominated. Teachers and examiners nominate their students.


CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!

Johan Persson, Inst. Skogsmästarskolan. Skogshushållning.
Modell för bedömning av underväxtens täthet
Read here

Malin Johansson, Inst. för skogens biomaterial och teknologi. Skogshushållning.
Markberedning i brant och stenig terräng – En jämförande studie mellan markberedning med harv, grävmaskin och spadförsedd skördare
Read here

Elinor Österhult-Brehmer, Inst. för Skoglig resurshushållning. Skogshushållning.
Utveckling av skogsägarstrategier hos norra skogsägarna med hjälp av Heureka PlanWise
Read here

Isak Lodin, Inst. för sydsvenskskogsvetenskap. Skogshushållning.
Choice of tree species in the aftermath of two major storms
Read here

Mimmi Blomquist, Inst. för sydsvenskskogsvetenskap. Biologi.
Invasive Phytophora species affecting broadleaved tree species in urban and landscape settings in southern Sweden
Read here

Julia Mellåker, Inst. för skogens ekologi och skötsel. Biologi.
Degradation and restoration method interact to affect the performance of planted seedlings in tropical rainforest restoration
Read here

Linda Vikström, Inst. för vilt, fisk och miljö. Biologi.
Effectiveness of a fish guiding device for downstream migrating smolts of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L) in the river Piteälven, northern Sweden
Read here

Sandra Abrahamsson, Inst. för skogens produkter. Företagsekonomi.
Värdeskapande i en kooperativ förening – En fallstudie om Skogsägarna Mellanskog ekonomiska förening
Read here

Capercaillie and forestry – in the same forest?

Skogssällskapet invites to an excursion and discussion about how forestry can be managed showing consideration to for example capercaillie in places crucial for their existence. The excursion takes place outside of Gothenburg in september and is aimed at forest owners, politicians and others interested in the subject.

Have a look at and download the invitation here!

Researchers have found new forests

There is a lot more forest on planet Earth than earlier expected. Researchers have, with new satellite pictures, estimated the forest in dry lands as at least 9% bigger than earlier thought, a finding that will be important in estimating the terrestrial carbon sink.

Read the article in Science!