The Tencel brand wants to become carbon-neutral by launching its new carbon-zero Tencel branded Lyocell and Modal fibers, certified as Carbon Neutral products. The aim of the initiative is to contribute to lowering carbon emissions and energy consumption across the supply chain.
The carbon-zero Tencel branded fibers are Carbon Neutral certified products as they follow the strict guidelines of The Carbon Neutral Protocol, a leading global framework for carbon neutrality, and the emissions associated with the fibers’ production, manufacturing and distribution have been calculated and offset. The Tencel brand is also contributing to Lenzing’s commitment to the Science Based targets initiative and constantly support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to limit global warming.
Following wider corporate commitments made by the Lenzing Group in 2019 to reduce its specific greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2050, (also read here), Lenzing’s very first carbon-zero Tencel branded fibers are available to the market from September.
Biodegradable fabrics (derived from botanic origin and using renewable energy) produced using carbon-zero Tencel fibers will have a third-party verified label, offering a new level of sustainable transparency to Lenzing’s customers, brands and consumers while still guaranteeing their characteristics of gentleness on the skin, long-lasting softness, smoothness, enhanced breathability and color retention.
Lenzing will work with Nature Capital Partners, experts in carbon neutrality and climate finance, to achieve the Carbon Neutral certification, involving an independent third-party assessment of the products’ carbon footprint in order to meet International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA) approved standards.
In parallel, the Tencel brand is engaging industry partners and raw material suppliers to collaborate and empower brands to take part in the carbon neutral movement. To this end, Lenzing committed to the Science Based Targets initiative to engage and steer the industry to normalize supply chain transparency, source materials with low carbon footprint and thereby reduce overall carbon emissions.
To reach its goals, 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 launch of our carbon-zero Tencel fibers is just the start of an ongoing battle against climate change. As we continue to innovate our production processes and fiber offerings, we will look beyond being complacent about the inherent climate advantage of the wood-based fiber business model. Our ultimate goal is to offer the carbon neutral benefit across our entire selection of Tencel fibers and the textile supply chain,” said Robert van de Kerkhof, COO, Lenzing Group. “In parallel, we will continue to work with different partners, from brands and designers to NGOs, to build a more effective ecosystem that strives to achieve the common goal of carbon neutrality. While we continue to support our partners in their journey towards carbon neutral, we encourage everyone to join our ‘true carbon zero’ movement.”