Spinnova : Savings in CO2 emissions

Savings in CO2 emissions

(Source: Spinnova)
(Source: Spinnova)

Textile fibers are estimated to be the single largest contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the fashion industry. A new assessment for Spinnova’s first commercial factory reveals that the company has a positive climate impact: the Spinnova branded fiber saves 6.5 kg CO2e (CO2-equivalent) when replacing conventional cotton.  
Spinnova Oy, Jyväskylä/Finland, has now verified its climate impact with an expert assessment with the help of an external climate business consultancy. Their assessment shows that Spinnova’s carbon footprint is 1.28 kg CO2e/kg fiber which is 72% lower compared to conventional cotton (4.6 kg CO2e/kg fiber).  
Spinnova’s low-emission technology includes use of CO2-free energy and smart energy systems. The factory only uses wind power and heat recovered from its own process as its energy sources. The surplus energy recovered from the company’s process with heat pumps is recycled into the local district heating network, reducing the local energy provider’s emissions by replacing energy sources such as peat.
When replacing conventional cotton with Spinnova, fashion brands can save 6.5 kg CO2e/kg of fiber produced. This positive climate impact is called the carbon handprint, and it compares the climate impact of 2 products intended for the same use.
»Because we use wind power, the carbon footprint of Spinnova’s process is already very small, but we’ve wanted to push our technology even further.«
Juha Salmela, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder, Spinnova

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