Lenzing Group's CEO Stefan Doboczky; Courtesy: Lenzing

Lenzing expands environmental leadership commitment

Lenzing Group’s CEO Stefan Doboczky; Courtesy: Lenzing

The Lenzing Group, producer of fibres from botanic origin, has expanded its environmental leadership commitment by supporting first-time initiatives of the private sector addressing the UNFCCC climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, (COP24), where government leaders are meeting to review progress towards delivering on the goals set in Paris in 2015.As a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, Lenzing Group’s chief executive officer Stefan Doboczky signed the WEF’s open letter to world government leaders urging greater collaboration to accelerate outcomes in the race against climate change, said a press release from the company. This letter was signed by the leaders of 50 major global businesses representing more than €1.5 trillion in total revenue.

“Business has an increasingly vital role to play in accelerating the shift to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy. This requires partnerships with other companies, governments at all levels and civil society. The Lenzing Group, as a leader in sustainability in the textile and nonwovens industries, is passionate about addressing the challenges the industries are facing and help meeting the goals of the Paris agreement,” said Doboczky. “Together with our partners we are ready to facilitate fast-track solutions. One of these is the change from coal-fired to natural gas-fired boilers at our production facility in Nanjing, China. We have just started the transition.”

The second initiative the Lenzing Group supports is the fashion industry charter for climate action, which was signed by leading fashion brands, suppliers and other partners to recognise the crucial role that fashion plays on both sides of the climate equation – as a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and as a sector with multiple opportunities to reduce emissions by the targeted 30 per cent while contributing to sustainable development. The charter was published in Katowice under the auspices of UN Climate Change, supported by 43 heads of the fashion industry.

“To underpin the fashion industry climate charter the signatories will work together on topics like decarbonisation of the production phase, selection of climate friendly and sustainable materials, low-carbon transport improved customer dialogue and awareness of all stakeholders as well as exploring circular business models”, said Robert van de Kerkhof, chief operating officer of the Lenzing Group. “The Lenzing Group is committed to taking leadership concerning the challenges our industry is facing and will reduce its CO2 emissions by 30 per cent by 2030. One of the outstanding examples the Lenzing Group is already supporting is the REFIBRA technology, a circular business model which uses cottonscraps as a raw material for the production of a new virgin fibre.”

The initiatives taken by Lenzing underpin its ambition to help greening up the textile and the nonwovens industries by extending collaboration with the partners in the industry.

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