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Renewable energy in Indonesia

Conversion is part of a €100 million investment in moving from standard viscose to Ecovero and Veocel speciality fibres.

25th August 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Purwakarta, Indonesia

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Lenzing Group is transitioning its production site in Purwakarta to green electricity. The Indonesian subsidiary PT South Pacific Viscose (SPV) has been using electricity generated solely from renewable sources since July this year, which will reduce its specific carbon emissions by 75,000 tons annually.

In 2019, Lenzing became the first fibre producer to set a target of halving its carbon emissions by 2030 and becoming climate neutral by 2050. This carbon reduction target has been recognised by the Science Based Targets Initiative.

In Purwakarta, Lenzing is currently investing in the reduction of carbon emissions, as well as air and water emissions. As a result of a €100 million investment in this area, Lenzing is gradually transitioning its existing capacities for standard viscose to Ecovero and Veocel branded speciality viscose.

“Demand for our wood-based, biodegradable specialty fibres is constantly rising,” said the company’s COO Robert van de Kerkhof. “We see enormous growth potential, especially in Asia. The switch to green, renewable electricity marks a huge step forward in converting our Indonesian site into a speciality fibre supplier. This makes us better positioned to meet the growing demand for sustainably produced fibres.”

 Ecovero viscose fibres for textiles and speciality viscose fibres under the Veocel brand with Eco Care technology for nonwovens generate 50% lower greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution compared to standard viscose.

www.lenzing.com

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