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Lenzing marks 40th anniversary of biobased excellence

Lenzing marks 40th anniversary of biobased excellence
Elisabeth Stanger, Senior Director Biorefinery & CoProducts, Lenzing Group (photo courtesy Lenzing).

Austria-headed wood-based speciality fibers major Lenzing AG (Lenzing Group) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its biorefinery and co-product brand "LENZING Acetic Acid Biobased". The brand was first introduced on May 4, 1983, and has since become one of the leading and most trusted biobased acetic acid providers.  

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Over the past 40 years, LENZING Acetic Acid Biobased, which has a carbon footprint that is 85 percent lower than that of fossil-based acetic acid, has continued to gain the trust and support of customers.

Evonik Peroxid GmbH, part of global specialty chemical major Evonik Industries AG (Evonik), and food production company Speyer & Grund GmbH & Co. KG (Speyer & Grund Group), have been incorporating LENZING Acetic Acid Biobased in the production of their products since 1983.

Prioritizing sustainable processes and utilizing renewable raw materials simply makes sense for good business and this is evident in our successful partnership with Lenzing over the past forty years. Although efficiency and supply security may have been the decisive factors in 1983, today, we are even more keenly aware that resources are finite and that is why we are focused on integrating sustainability along our entire value chain, said Dr Josef Miklautsch, Managing Director of Evonik Peroxid.

The product has also been in high demand from the hygiene industry during the COVID-19 pandemic as an all-purpose cleaning agent in conventional and green products.

Based on mutual trust and a shared commitment to sustainability, the Speyer & Grund Group and its subsidiary SABA GmbH in Austria are extremely proud of its 40-year partnership with Lenzing. LENZING Acetic Acid Biobased has been a valuable component in our Surig vinegar essence since 1983 and we look forward to developing a stronger and closer partnership with Lenzing as we continue to build a more sustainable supply chain together, said Axel Rosener, Managing Director, Speyer & Grund.

Going carbon neutral

To mark the important occasion, Lenzing will introduce its first carbon-neutral version LENZING Acetic Acid Biobased to meet the growing sustainability needs of industries that predominately rely on fossil-based materials.

Similar to the company’s standard biobased acetic acid it is produced using sustainably sourced beech wood as a universal replacement for non-renewable raw materials such as crude oil.

By calculating, reducing, and offsetting emissions during production processes, this expansion will create a more sustainable supply chain with highly functional products across various industries.

From now on, Lenzing customers across the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, chemical, and textile industries will be able to choose between carbon-neutral and reduced carbon footprint acetic acid products.

For 40 years, LENZING Acetic Acid Biobased has been one of Lenzing’s key products for the biorefinery segment and is highly demanded and trusted by customers across industry sectors. We are honored to be joined by our long-term customers and partners Evonik and Speyer & Grund Group to celebrate this important milestone as we continue to drive sustainability and circularity through ongoing product innovation. By adding carbon-neutral LENZING Acetic Acid Biobased to our portfolio, we provide a further sustainable alternative to fossil-based materials with an all-neutral carbon footprint and progress towards our goal of achieving net zero by 2050, said Elisabeth Stanger, Senior Director Biorefinery & CoProducts, Lenzing Group.

Advancing circularity and carbon neutrality

To ensure a low carbon footprint, rail transportation is the preferred means for transporting LENZING biorefinery products, with trucks being leveraged in regions where rail transportation is not available.

Lenzing’s biorefinery concept ensures that 100 percent of wood components are used to produce pulp for Lenzing’s specialty fibers, biorefinery products, as well as bioenergy, which is used to power Lenzing’s facilities. This makes Lenzing’s biorefinery sites almost fully energy self-sufficient to remain as carbon neutral as possible (photo courtesy Lenzing).

Together with ClimatePartner, a recognized global leader in the design, development, and delivery of corporate climate action programs, Lenzing strives to reduce carbon emissions to net zero through a mix of higher production efficiencies, use of renewable energy sources, low-carbon materials, and the dedicated support of an external nature-based carbon removal project.

For instance, to offset remaining carbon emissions that cannot be reduced, Lenzing works with ClimatePartner to support and finance the switch to biomass as an energy source at a ceramic factory in Kitambar in northeastern Brazil.

Using natural waste materials, like coconut husks, as renewable biomass for its energy production, the factory is able to produce roof tiles in a more climate-friendly way while saving on carbon emissions.

Besides contributing to the fuel switch, the project also helps to reduce the deforestation rate in Brazil and avoid methane emissions that could result from the uncontrolled decomposition of biomass.

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