The Lenzing Group is expanding its environmental leadership commitment. As a leader in wood-based cellulosic fibers, the group has particular responsibility and ambition to help raising the bar in sustainability in the textile and nonwovens industries. To fulfill this vision, Lenzing is continuing its ambitious roadmap by investing more than 100 million euro in sustainable manufacturing technologies and production facilities until 2022.
Lenzing’s circular operating models with closed loop production processes set the standard in the industry. In order to further extend their environmental leadership, a major part of the investments will focus on closed loop production technologies for the expansion of sulfur recovery systems.
The second area of investments will be for improving the effluent treatment units. In addition, Lenzing will upgrade its energy usage to more sustainable solutions reducing its greenhouse gas emissions due to the construction of a gas boiler at its site in China. This investment will strengthen Lenzing’s sustainability leadership at its viscose plant in Nanjing.
The investments underline Lenzing’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as guiding principles for its sustainability agenda. One of the most significant SDGs for the company is SDG 12: Responsible production and consumption.
Stefan Doboczky, Chief Executive Officer, comments, “The textile and nonwoven industries face fundamental challenges related to sustainability. Lenzing is passionate to take a leadership role in addressing this and making the world a better place. Our holistic approach to sustainability underpins this scope. The new eco-investment program is a major step forward in our ambitions.”
“The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call for a sustainable economy that protects the planet and ensures prosperity and well-being for all people,” states Lenzing Chief Commercial Officer Robert van de Kerkhof. “With our Refibra technology, Lenzing is innovating to support a more circular, bio-based economy, contributing in particular to SDG 12,” he adds.
With the Lenzing Group sustainability targets announced in 2018, Lenzing strives to upgrade all of their production sites to the ambitious European Ecolabel standard by 2022. As a result, Lenzing is one of the first companies to commit to a global sustainability-oriented manufacturing standard.