The Lenzing Group is continuing to expand its global clean electricity portfolio by gradually transitioning to green energy at its production site in Nanjing, China.
The Austian fiber manufacturer said this will enable its Chinese subsidiary, Lenzing Nanjing Fibers, to use electricity derived solely from renewable sources starting in 2023 and reduce the site’s carbon emissions by 100,000 tons annually. Lenzing recently announced the transition to green electricity at its Indonesian production facility.
In 2019, Lenzing set a target of halving its carbon emissions by 2030 and becoming climate neutral by 2050. The carbon reduction target has been recognized by the Science Based Targets Initiative.
In Nanjing, Lenzing is investing in cutting its carbon emissions and converting a standard viscose production line to 35,000 tons of Tencel branded modal fibers. With this move, the Chinese site will exclusively produce eco-friendly specialty fibers.
“Demand for our wood-based, biodegradable specialty fibers is constantly rising,” Robert van de Kerkhof, chief commercial officer for fiber at Lenzing, said. “We see enormous growth potential, especially in Asia. Thanks to our investments in China and other Lenzing sites around the world, we will be better positioned to meet this growing demand in future. At the same time, we are continuing to make considerable progress toward achieving a carbon-free future and becoming a champion of circularity.”
Specialty fibers are at Lenzing’s core and the company aims to generate more than 75 percent of its fiber revenue from the wood-based, biodegradable specialty fibers business under the Tencel, Lenzing, Ecovero and Veocl brands by 2024. With the launch of its lyocell plant in Thailand in March and investments in existing production sites in China and Indonesia, the share of specialty fibers in Lenzing’s fiber revenue is set to exceed the 75 percent target by a significant margin as early as 2023.