The Lenzing Group, producer of botanic fibers from wood, is expanding its environmental commitment. As a leader in wood-based cellulosic fibers, Lenzing 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 roadmap by investing more than €100 million in sustainable manufacturing technologies and production facilities until 2022.
A major part of this investment will focus on closed loop production technologies for the expansion of the sulfur recovery systems. The second area of investment will be in 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 Nanjing, China. Stefan Doboczky, Chief Executive Officer, comments: «The textile and the nonwoven industries face fundamental challenges related to sustainability. Lenzing is passionate to take a leadership role in addressing this and 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 its production sites to the ambitious European Ecolabel standard by 2022.