The Lenzing Group, a major producer of wood-based cellulosic fibers, is expanding its environmental commitment, investing more than 100 million euros ($116.5 million) in sustainable manufacturing technologies and production facilities through 2022.
The major part of the company’s 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 China. This investment strengthens Lenzing’s sustainability leadership at its viscose facility in Nanjing.
Stefan Doboczky, Chief Executive Officer of the company, said that “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.”
“The textiles and the 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,” he explained.
Lenzing Chief Commercial Officer Robert van de Kerkhof, said 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.
“With our Refibra technology, Lenzing is innovating to support a more circular, bio-based economy, contributing in particular to SDG 12,” he continued.
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. As a result, Lenzing is one of the first companies to commit to a global sustainability-oriented manufacturing standard.