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True Carbon Zero with TENCEL Fibers
Description/achievement of initiative

In 2019, Lenzing pledged to reduce specific carbon emissions 50% by 2030 and become net-zero by 2050. Delivering on these commitments, Lenzing’s TENCEL™ brand developed carbon-zero TENCEL™ Modal and Lyocell fibers. The new fiber offering is based on “Reduce”, “Engage” and “Offset”, which actively reduces the product’s carbon footprint, engages industry partners and offsets unavoidable carbon emissions. Carbon-zero TENCEL™ fibers show all functional benefits of Modal and Lyocell while contributing to lower carbon emissions and energy consumption. Providing a solution for the industry to meet carbon reduction targets and consumers with sustainable products. Collectively the industry can combat climate change.

Implementation methodologies

True Carbon Zero involves three areas: Reduce. We have our sights set on net-zero emissions by 2050, so we prioritize the continuous reduction of carbon emissions through efficient production, new technologies and renewable energy sources to meet targets set through the Science-Based Targets initiative. The resulting carbon-zero TENCEL™ fibers: Engage. As the first cellulosic fiber producer committed to the Science-Based Targets initiative, we are leaders steering our industry to change by normalizing data transparency and working exclusively with brands that echo our values – implementing carbon neutral practices from cradle to cradle. Our pioneering partnership with TextileGenesis™ ensures digital traceability of TENCEL™ fibers and unmatched transparency from fiber to finished garment. Offset. Until we reduce carbon emissions across our full footprint, we take responsibility for carbon emissions that are not yet avoidable through verified climate protection projects. These global carbon compensation projects are an immediate response to ensure that an equivalent amount of carbon is absorbed or avoided elsewhere.TENCEL™ is supporting verified climate protection projects specifically in communities impacted by the textile industry. These projects are focused on helping ill-prepared communities become more climate-resilient and on introducing new sources of renewable energy, including: improved cookstoves in Bangladesh, solar water heating in India, and Kamphaeng Saen landfill gas to energy in Thailand. For the certification, Lenzing is working with Natural Capital Partners. In order to become certified as carbon neutral, we took five steps that their CarbonNeutral® Protocol outlines: Define. The scope of your product or offering that you want to get CarbonNeutral certified. Measure. We collected all data, from energy input, transportation to the carbon footprint of raw materials used in the production. An independent and expert emissions assessment then calculates the business’s total emissions.Target. We have set our reduction targets and committed to becoming carbon neutral by achieving net zero emissions. Reduce. We worked on delivering internal emissions reductions – such as energy-efficiency programs. Natural Capital Partners supported Lenzing to identify and deliver the external emissions reductions projects (offsets), which ultimately make carbon-zero TENCEL™ fibers carbon neutral products. Communicate. We want to deliver a clear and credible message about each stage of our climate actions and be transparent in our actions.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

True Carbon Zero is currently manufactured at our Austria production facilities for TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal fibers which are distributed to supply chain partners around the world for textiles in apparel and home fashions. The certified CarbonNeutral Further production capacity expansion, Lenzing established a subsidiary in Thailand and purchasing a commercial property in Industrial Park 304 located in Prachinburi near Bangkok. The selection of Industrial Park 304 in Prachinburi was based on its excellent overall infrastructure, outstanding expansion opportunities and the sustainable biogenic energy supply. The planned production facility will be constructed on the basis of the latest state-of-the-art technology and feature a capacity of up to 100,000 tons annually with completion by end of 2021. This site will strengthen the worldwide lyocell network of the Lenzing Group and enable its global customers to source TENCEL™ branded fibers from Europe, North America and Asia.The efforts of The Lenzing Group expand beyond our facilities as we reach the value chain to educate about the environmental and social impacts. Connecting with brands and retailers, as well as industry stakeholders we support responsible production from fiber to finished garments. We also develop marketing communication campaigns to educate the consumer about what questions to ask when purchasing apparel or home fashions. Our technology partner, Textile Genesis, utilized blockchain to track certifications, as well as the CO2 throughout the supply chain. One of the core components of the platform powered by TextileGenesis is integration with the Lenzing E- Branding fabric certification system, which allows brands and retailers not only to access the full supply chain traceability for TENCEL™ branded fibers but also to view the results of forensic (physical) verification of fabric samples via the digitally signed Lenzing E-Branding fabric certificates. Through using the innovative Fibercoin technology of the TextileGenesis platform, Lenzing and other brand partners are now able to issue digital tokens (blockchain assets) in direct proportion to the physical shipments of TENCEL™ branded fibers. These digital tokens provide a unique “fingerprint” and authentication mechanism, preventing adulteration, providing a more secure, trustworthy, digital chain-of- custody across the entire textile supply chain, and most importantly, ensuring the materials are sustainably produced.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Starting in 2018, Lenzing was a signatory for the United Nations Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, as a commitment to drastically reduce its CO2 footprint and reach net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. At that time the Lenzing Group announced an investment of EUR 100 mn over the coming years to reduce carbon emissions both inside its operational boundaries (scope 1+2) and in its supply chain (scope 3). Due to this ambitious CO2 emission reduction strategy, the Lenzing Group further contributes towards helping customers to transition their business to a lower CO2 base. With approval of the Science-based Target Initiatve (SBTi) in 2019, the guidance was established to facilitate the seamless transition of Lenzing’s carbon-zero journey, Lenzing will deploy four key levers that cover energy efficiency, reduction of fossil fuel use, integration of pulp and fiber production facilities and ongoing investment in new technologies to reduce carbon emissions. The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The SBTi defines and promotes best practices in science-based target setting and independently assesses companies’ targets To ensure energy efficiency, key measures like replacing inefficient pumps, optimizing current technologies, efficient planning and further reduction of losses for energy saving have been adopted. By switching from high-carbon fuel to low-carbon or carbon-neutral fuel and scaling up in the use of renewable grid electricity, reduction of fossil fuel use can be achieved. The integration of pulp and fiber production facilities has also been conducted, ensuring renewable bioenergy is used for fiber production. Energy saving measures are also achieved by avoiding pulp drying and excessive pulp transportation. Last but not least, both the TENCEL™ brand and Lenzing will continue to invest in developing technologies to decarbonize heat generation. TENCEL™ branded fibers are also certified by global standards of sustainability including: Higg Index, EU EcoLabel, FSC, PEFC, Green Shirt Hot Button by Canopy.


Natural Capital Partners, Renewable Carbon Initiative, Climate Action Corps, TextileGenesis, Orta Anadolu, Artistic Fabric Mills, Al-Karam nKusva, Textil Santanderina, Nishat, Karsu Tektil, Morririn
Progress reports
Goal 7
Goal 12
Goal 13
13.3 - Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
Goal 17
Technology -
Trade -
April 2021
Three brand or retail partners commercializing and communicating programs
February 2022
Capacity expansion in Thailand
Other, please specify
120,000,000 investment in reducing carbon emissions in operations and supply chain
Other, please specify
Educational development and tools for the textile value chain and apparel industry
Staff / Technical expertise
Sustainability including LCA data , Research and Development, Product Management

Basic information
Time-frame: September 2020 - March 2022
Natural Capital Partners, Renewable Carbon Initiative, Climate Action Corps, TextileGenesis, Orta Anadolu, Artistic Fabric Mills, Al-Karam nKusva, Textil Santanderina, Nishat, Karsu Tektil, Morririn
Contact information
Tricia Carey, Director Global Business Development, t.carey@lenzing.com
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