• Lenzing has committed to the "substantial reduction" of specific emissions by 2022.
  • It will also introduce an afforestation project in 2018 and assess the sustainability performance of 80% of its "most relevant suppliers" by 2022.
  • The group will also implement the Higg Facility Environmental Module at all of its sites by 2019.
In its 2017 Sustainability Report, Lenzing hailed the launch of its new Tencel Luxe filament which it called the “clear innovation highlight” in the wood-based cellulosic fibre industry during the year

In its 2017 Sustainability Report, Lenzing hailed the launch of its new Tencel Luxe filament which it called the “clear innovation highlight” in the wood-based cellulosic fibre industry during the year

As part of its commitment to responsible sourcing, Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has outlined a series of new sustainability goals that will be achieved through a specially designed eco-investment programme to help drive the "substantial reduction" of specific emissions by 2022.

Published alongside the firm's 2017 Sustainability Report, the goals include improving the group's specific sulfur emissions and specific wastewater emission by 50% and 20% respectively, within the next four years.

It has also detailed plans to implement conservation solutions, including an afforestation project in 2018, and said it will assess the sustainability performance of 80% of its "most relevant suppliers" by 2022.

Meanwhile, in a bid to ensure what it calls "widespread transparency", the group will implement the Higg Facility Environmental Module at all of its sites by 2019.

These measures serve as the basis for Lenzing to resolutely implement its sustainability strategy, according to the firm. It notes the key cornerstones of its efforts are the enhancement of the wellbeing of society and people by expanding partnerships in the value chain and with NGOs in addition to sustainable wood sourcing, responsible water management, decarbonisation and sustainable innovations.

"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," says Robert van de Kerkhof, chief commercial officer. "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 Refibratm technology which partly uses cotton scraps for fibre production."

In its 2017 Sustainability Report, Lenzing hailed the launch of its new Tencel Luxe filament, which it called the "clear innovation highlight" in the wood-based cellulosic fibre industry during the year, and the "most important cellulosic fibre innovation" in the last 25 years.

"This product opens up new innovation and textile creation opportunities for environmentally conscious customers along the textile value chain; opportunities that could not be provided by conventional filament," it added.

"For the Lenzing Group, 2017 was more than just the best financial year in the company's history. We also progressed in showcasing our corporate values and implementing our sCore TEN corporate strategy," said CEO Stefan Doboczky. "One of the core values of the group is sustainability, a balance in all our decisions between people, planet and profit.

"Sustainability, however, is more than a mere value in the Lenzing Group - it is the key business and innovation driver. Lenzing's differentiates itself in the market by aiming to be the sustainability leader in the wood-based cellulosic fibre industry and by making sustainability the guiding light for all our R&D and innovation initiatives. In the 2017 reporting year, we successfully initiated important projects and launched a series of leading-edge products on the market."