Sustainable surface treatment of wood products for cost effective construction – step 1

The project ran between April 2020 and March 2021.

The project aimed to contribute to Sweden’s vision of being a world leader in the transition to a bio-based economy by 2030. The UN climate panel has estimated the Earth’s temperature increase to be 3-8 °C by the year 2100 unless we drastically reduce our climate impact. Increased construction in wood is one way to reduce emissions, as every cubic meter of wood used reduces CO2 emissions by 1.1 tons, compared to other traditional nonrenewable building materials. Furthermore, every cubic meter of wood can bind 0.9 tons of CO2. In total, every cubic meter of wood used prevents about 2.0 tons of CO2 from reaching the atmosphere.

The project addressed the theme of the call and contribute to a bio-based economy by enabling increased global demand for bio-based construction materials via novel functionality. These wood products did also adhere to the Government’s proposal for mandatory sorting of construction and demolition waste.


Holmen AB, Optimera Svenska AB, Nouryon- Pulp and Performance Chemicals AB and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB.


The project’s total budget was 1,1 MSEK.