The Lenzing Group is recommitted to sustainability by implementing a further significant reduction of specific emissions by 2022. The commitment includes a 50 per cent sulfur emission reduction by 2022 as against 2014 and a 20 per cent reduction in chemical oxygen demand (COD) — which measures the amount of organic compounds in water— also by 2022.
The Group is also creating a specially designed eco-investment program to further its goal and the company is also looking at getting the EU Ecolabel for all of its production sites. In Lenzing’s Sustainability Report 2017 published recently, the Group’s CEO Stefan Doboczky stated, “Climate protection and thus the preservation of forests as carbon sinks storing CO2 are two key issues with respect to societal acceptance of the textile and nonwovens industry. In recent years, we have contributed to a positive shift in awareness in the industry thanks to our exemplary wood procurement policy based on sustainability principles.”
The report further noted. “Lenzing is committed to protecting ancient and endangered forests, improving the health and biodiversity of global forests and supporting the afforestation of degraded areas. The Lenzing Group will initiate and finance a first conservation solution by replanting degraded land in Albania. This project will involve a nursery, training for local communities, and monitoring of forest growth over a long period.”
The Group’s focus is also on a more circular economy. Lenzing projects a demand for wood-based cellulose fibres will increase by 5 per cent to 6 per cent each year to 2020. Lenzing’s chief commercial officer, Robert van de Kerkhof, noted, “We are at the beginning of the value chain and can contribute much to improving the situation thanks to our activities and a maximum level of transparency, especially with partnerships. We will also press ahead even more with the systemic transformation of our industry on the basis of our products, for example by expanding our business with lyocell fibres manufactured in a particularly environmentally responsible manner and innovative solutions such as our Refibra technology, which partly uses cotton scraps for fibre production,” he added.