- Recent transition to green electricity will significantly reduce annual carbon emissions
- Milestone in the transformation of production capacities to LENZING™ ECOVERO™ and VEOCEL™ branded speciality viscose
Purwakarta – The Lenzing Group, a world-leading provider of wood-based speciality fibres, is expanding its global clean electricity portfolio and transitioning its production site in Purwakarta to green electricity. The Indonesian subsidiary PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV) has been using electricity generated solely from renewable sources since July this year, which will reduce its specific carbon emissions by 75,000 tonnes annually.
In 2019, Lenzing became the first fibre producer to set a target of halving its carbon emissions by 2030 and becoming climate neutral by 2050. This carbon reduction target has been recognised by the Science Based Targets Initiative. In Purwakarta, Lenzing is currently investing in the reduction of carbon emissions, as well as air and water emissions. Thanks to its EUR 100 million investment in this area, Lenzing is gradually transitioning its existing capacities for standard viscose to LENZING™ ECOVERO™ and VEOCEL™ branded speciality viscose.
“Demand for our wood-based, biodegradable speciality fibres is constantly rising. We see enormous growth potential, especially in Asia. The switch to green, renewable electricity marks a huge step forward in converting our Indonesian site into a speciality fibre supplier. This makes us better positioned to meet the growing demand for sustainably produced fibres,” comments Robert van dae Kerkhof, Chief Commercial Officer for Fibre at Lenzing.
Boosting growth in speciality fibres
an-made climate change is one of the most pressing problems of our time. The fashion industry has an extremely negative impact on the environment due to its fast fashion business model and the growing consumption of fossil resources in textile production. LENZING™ ECOVERO™ viscose fibres (for textiles) and speciality viscose fibres under the VEOCEL™ brand with Eco Care technology (for nonwovens) generate 50 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution compared to standard viscose.
Speciality fibres are Lenzing’s key strength. The company aims to generate more than 75 percent of its fibre revenue from the wood-based, biodegradable speciality fibres business under the TENCEL™, LENZING™ ECOVERO™ and VEOCEL™ brands by 2024. With the launch of the lyocell plant in Thailand in March 2022 and the investments in existing production sites in Indonesia and China, the share of speciality fibres in Lenzing’s fibre revenue is set to exceed the 75 percent target by a significant margin as early as 2023.