In Austria, Lenzing AG (Lenzing Group), a major producer of pulp and textile fibers from wood has announced that it will invest EUR 40 million in the construction of new air purification and sulphur recovery plant at its Lenzing pulp mill as part of its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction target.
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A global leader in the climate-friendly and sustainable production of wood-based textile fibers, Lenzing announced its climate targets earlier this year. By 2030, the company aims to reduce its specific carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per tonne of manufactured pulp and fibers by 50 percent. By the year 2050, the Lenzing Group will no longer generate any net CO2 emissions.
The company has now resolved to invest EUR 40 million to expand the production of sulphuric acid at the Lenzing site and follows a EUR 60 million investment in capacity expansion at the pulp mill. In the future, the new air purification and sulphur recovery plant will not only optimize the company’s self-sufficiency for this raw material and enhance process reliability but improve environmental protection within the context of a clear forward-looking strategy.
Improved exhaust emission performance
The new sulphuric acid plant represents an important contribution towards implementing the sustainability strategy of the Lenzing Group and also helps to ensure an even higher level of environmental compatibility of all production operations at the Lenzing site.
The application of state-of-the-art technologies will further improve exhaust emission values. Furthermore, the new facility will help further reduce the use of fossil fuels by generating steam which will, in turn, be converted into electricity. In this way, it will also support the energy self-sufficiency of the company’s operations in Lenzing.
Improved CO2 scorecard
As a result, the production plant in Lenzing will reduce its annual CO2 emissions by 15 000 tonnes annually. This is an important step towards further advancing the company’s ambitious plans in the coming years and also strengthen Lenzing’s leadership role as a driver of an ecologically sustainable industry. “
On the basis of these investments, Lenzing is taking the next step in achieving its climate targets. At the same time, it will also reach a significantly higher level of autonomy with respect to a vital raw material, said Stefan Doboczky, CEO of Lenzing.