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WAKEFIELD – Our Ecotextile Talks podcast host Philip Berman talks to Lenzing’s head of product management textiles, Caroline Ledl, about the company’s plans to reduce the size of its carbon footprint. Lenzing became the first wood-based cellulosic fibre supplier to have its climate change targets verified and approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) back in 2019.
The company has committed to halve its CO2 emissions per tonne of product by 2030 and also to be completely climate neutral by 2050.
“We see this as one of the main challenges humanity is facing,” explained Ledl. “As a company, we have a responsibilty to work against climate change, therefore we decided to have these commitments, set very clear targets and act on them.”
Lenzing was working to meet these targets by looking to make energy efficiencies and switch to renewable power, where possible, across scopes 1, 2 and 3.
The company had already identified and implemented key steps – such as setting up its own 55,000 m² photovoltaic solar energy system at its site in Upper Austria – to move away from fossil-based fuels. However, achieving reductions in other parts of the world was more challenging because of the difficulty in achieving the heat requirements of cellulose production without coal-fired energy in South Asia.
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