The Lenzing Group, Austria, will invest more than €200 million to expand the capacity of environmentally responsible specialty fibers at its production sites in Purwakarta/Indonesia, and Nanjing/China. Both investments are in line with Lenzing's target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per ton of product by 50% by 2030.
In Nanjing, Lenzing will establish the first wood-based fiber complex in China that is independent from coal as an energy source. By using natural gas-based cogeneration, Lenzing will reduce CO2
emissions at the site by more than 200,000 tons. At the same time a line of standard viscose will be converted to a 35,000 tons Tencel branded modal fibers line making Lenzing (Nanjing) Fibers Co., Ltd. a 100% wood-based specialty fiber site by the end of 2022.
In Purwakarta, Lenzing will reduce its CO2
emissions by increasingly using biogenic fuels. Additional investments to reduce emissions to air and water will make this facility fully compliant with the EU Ecolabel by the end of 2022. That will allow converting standard viscose capacity into Lenzing Ecovero branded fibers for textile applications as well as Lenzing Viscose Eco fibers for personal care and hygiene applications. As a result, the site in Indonesia will also become a pure specialty viscose supplier as of 2023.
The Lenzing Group will be able to reduce CO2
emissions by more than 320,000 tons in total, or 18%, compared to 2017. In addition, this investment allows Lenzing also to reduce its total sulfur emissions by more than 50%, compared to 2019.