Global provider of man-made cellulosic fibre (MMCF) Xinjiang Bailu has set a target of 2035 to cut its carbon emissions by 40% and is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2055.

The target was announced amid China's push for green growth. The Central government emphasised that realising carbon neutrality by 2060 and peaking carbon emissions by 2030 are two important goals of China announced during the recent 75th session of the UN General Assembly.

To reach that goal, Xinxiang Bailu will carry out a climate action plan to reduce carbon emissions during production, which will be in line with the Paris Agreement and Climate Stewardship 2030 of CNTAC (China National Textile and Apparel Council). The plan also includes conducting regular carbon information disclosure as a listed company, and developing zero-carbon MMCF product by 2022 to reduce the carbon footprint to customers in the supply chain within support of CNTAC LCA Working Group.

"As a leading MMCF producer responding to China's carbon-neutral goal, we stand with global industrial partners to address climate change together," said Deshun Song, general manager of Xinxiang Bailu.

"What we learned from the Covid-19 pandemic is that, in the face of a common crisis, no one can stand alone, our industry can act collectively for the climate more than when we stand alone."

The company will collaborate with the CNTAC Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) team, the Collaboration for Sustainable Development of Viscose (CV) and other key partners, to create a climate action taskforce that ensures Xinxiang Bailu's future carbon neutrality.