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In its first year disclosing to CDP, the fiber maker earned ‘A’ scores for its global climate and forests stewardship. Here’s what got it there.
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
“Having our sustainability actions acknowledged and awarded is incredibly
gratifying,” says Tricia Carey, Lenzing’s Director of Global Business
Development – Apparel. “The fight against climate change is one of Lenzing’s top
priorities; and it is especially encouraging to see some of our brand partners —
including HanesBrands, H&M and Levi Strauss &
— on the Climate A List alongside us. The apparel industry has a significant
environmental impact — accounting for between 4 percent and 10 percent of total
global greenhouse gas emissions. We hope to see more of our industry partners
working diligently and transparently toward responsible production in the near
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
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
and adopt science-based
and the company recently pledged to halve specific carbon emissions by 2030 and
to be fully carbon neutral by 2050.
To reach its carbon-neutrality goal, Lenzing has introduced a series of
innovations — including True Carbon Zero
TENCEL™-branded fibers; certified
CarbonNeutral® fibers, which are certified based on
reduction, engagement and offset; and TENCEL X REFIBRA™
which contributes to circularity by combining environmentally responsible
lyocell fiber production with the upcycling of cotton waste materials.
“As a company that helps clothe the world, HanesBrands is committed to being a
more sustainable company — and a catalyst for our industry to move to a more
circular model. But we can’t do it alone, and that is why we partner with
recognized leaders,” HanesBrands, which also made the A List for the first time
in 2020, said in a statement. “Lenzing’s business practices address
sustainability and environmental challenges and prioritize circularity — which
allow the company to offer innovative, sustainable products. Doing business with
the right partners is essential to our mission to make the world a more
2020 also saw the launch of
— 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.
“These milestones are an integral part of Lenzing’s sustainability strategy
since they help to combat climate change and trigger a new level of transparency
along the entire value chain,” Carey says.
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.
Looking to the future, Lenzing is building 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.
Published Feb 11, 2021 7am EST / 4am PST / 12pm GMT / 1pm CET
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