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By reducing carbon emissions and using renewable energy during production, TENCEL™ goes beyond carbon offsetting to lower its carbon footprint, offering TENCEL™ fibers certified as carbon neutral.
Starting with our commitment to the Science Based Targets initiative, our steps support actions against global warming in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals.
TENCEL™ is on a journey to True Carbon Zero, contributing to a carbon neutral textile industry. With a vision to have net-zero emissions by 2050, our three-step plan is already in action: reduce, engage and offset. In the meantime, TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal fibers are certified as carbon neutral.
Our priority is the continuous reduction of carbon emissions through more efficient production methods, using renewable energy sources and embracing new technologies.
Being the first cellulosic fiber producer to commit to the Science Based Targets initiative, we engage and steer our industry to source materials with low carbon footprints and reduce overall carbon emissions.
We offset unavoidable carbon emissions by supporting verified global carbon reduction projects.
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 neutral TENCEL™ fibers:
are certified to reduce climate impact by various global standards of sustainability.
*Reduction of specific CO₂ emissions for products sold (pulp and fiber) by 50% until 2030 compared to baseline 2017.
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.
While continuously reducing carbon emissions across the lifecycle of our TENCEL™ fibers, we take responsibility for any residual emissions by supporting verified carbon reduction projects. These global carbon reduction projects are an immediate response to ensure that an equivalent amount of carbon is absorbed or avoided elsewhere.
TENCEL™ is supporting verified carbon offset 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:
Wind energy has become one of the most important renewable energy sources for power generation in India. The project not only contributes to energy security and climate action, providing a considerable amount of electricity that would otherwise have been produced using fossil fuels, but also promotes economic and regional development and job creation.
The project replaces greenhouse gas emissions by displacing the equivalent amount of electricity generated mainly by fossil fuel based power plants with wind turbine generators. The wind farm contributes to reducing the energy demand supply gap within the state, and stimulates a sustainable economic growth in the region by providing clean electricity to the state grid.
Using gas from fermented biomass for cooking saves significant amounts of CO2 per year that would otherwise be emitted when cooking with wood or charcoal. The project has installed biogas plants of various sizes with a direct outlet to households, which also significantly reduces indoor air pollution that is harmful to health.
Within the context of True Carbon Zero, we extend our fiber portfolio to new levels of sustainability with carbon neutral TENCEL™ fibers.
Lenzing was the first cellulosic fiber producer to set concrete scientifically verified Science Based Targets aiming for a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2023, Lenzing updated its targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Lenzing aims at helping to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels reducing absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50% by 2030. Additionally, Lenzing commits itself to becoming net zero until 2050 (baseline: 2021).* These commitments are approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.
*Minimum of 90% reduction, rest via carbon compensation programs.