Lenzing is planning to build two new facilities: a pulp plant in Brazil, which will export green energy to the local power grid; and a state-of-the-art, carbon-neutral lyocell fiber production site in Thailand. The company says the factories will be the major contributors to driving down its carbon footprint in the coming 18 months.
In December, Austria-based specialty fiber and textile producer Lenzing Group received a Double A rating for its corporate sustainability efforts in the areas of global climate and forests stewardship, as part of CDP’s 2020 Climate Change Report.
Lenzing is the only first-time discloser to earn a double ‘A’ score on CDP’s Climate A List, earning it a spot in the top 2.8 percent of disclosing companies.
While last year was the first year that Lenzing shared data with CDP, it’s been innovating on the climate front for some time. In 2018, Lenzing became the first wood-based fiber manufacturer to join the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action and adopt science-based targets; and the company recently pledged to halve specific carbon emissions by 2030 and to be fully carbon neutral by 2050.
In 2020, Lenzing launched TextileGenesis™ — a blockchain-enabled platform that will ensure complete traceability for all TENCEL-branded fibers in finished garments – helping the textile industry's journey toward complete transparency. The company has also completed the implementation of CO2-reducing energy solutions at two of its production sites.
CDP’s A grade for Lenzing’s forest stewardship places it in the company of only 15 other companies to earn the recognition. As part of its “Naturally Positive” sustainability strategy, Lenzing launched a reforestation project in Albania in 2020 — which will see 20 hectares of degenerated land recultivated with forest and fruit trees, in cooperation with the local population and various NGOs. So far, approximately 3,600 fruit, deciduous and conifer trees have been planted in an area affected by erosion and flooding.