Ecological responsibility

Certainty for consumers

Ecological Responsibility

Thanks to decades of activities to promote a sustainable resource policy, Lenzing has positioned itself as the clear forerunner and pioneer in the industry.

For decades we have not used any #wood around the world for our fibers which comes from endangered forests or controversial sources. This means that buyers of products made of Lenzing fibers can be certain that they have made a really responsible decision.

Own pulp production

Pulp from European forests

The Lenzing Group operates its own pulp plants located in Lenzing, Austria and Paskov, Czech Republic. In this way the company covers half of its pulp needs. It can be conclusively shown that the #wood verifiably comes from #sustainably managed forests. Additional evidence that the #wood is from sustainable sources is Lenzing’s certification by two certification systems (PEFC™ and FSC®). For several years Lenzing has also been voluntarily participating in the “Code of Conduct against Illegal Logging” of CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries).

Growing forest areas in Europe

The European forests are characterized by the fact that they are all growing. Forests make up about 38% of the land area in the EU-27, and even 47% in Austria. In spite of the #wood harvest, forest areas in Austria and Europe are continually expanding. The volume of wood which is harvested is considerably below the increase in wooded areas.   

Strict European forestry regulations

On March 1, 2013, a law went into effect in the European Union requiring operators who place timber on the market for the first time to furnish proof of the legal origin of their products to buyers. In connection with the strict forestry laws in the EU and adjoining countries, this proof is additional confirmation that the #wood used gives no cause for concern.

Short delivery distances

A further argument for the use of these types of wood is the comparatively small distance that has to be covered to deliver them. That is why Lenzing selects regional supply sources wherever possible, even if they are not certified. The strict European forestry regulations also ensure the #sustainability of these partners.

The forestry industry in Central Europe has thousands of owners of small woods who run their forestry operations as a sideline. For this reason, they do not participate in the certification process, because it is too costly for them. From experience, Lenzing knows that the ratio of tree growth to felling is especially favorable at these operations.

Material use of wood

Lenzing uses the raw material #wood in a highly efficient manner due to the integration of pulp production in the fiber manufacturing process. The Lenzing Group manages to achieve a 50% material use of the #wood used at the Lenzing site. The rest serves as the most important and biogenic energy source at the plant. Lenzing was a real pioneer in the industry with respect to its environmentally compatible pulp bleaching process. 

Wood products store CO₂

Moreover, wood is an important CO2 storehouse, because trees are the only systems which can capture and store carbon for a long time. If the #wood is used as biomass, the combustion process once again releases CO2. In order to ensure that carbon is stored for the long-term, #wood has to be used in products such as furniture, floors, bridges, houses and also in clothing. Only wood products used in this way can “store” the CO2 instead of releasing it. 

Read more: "Barking up the wrong tree?"

Procured pulp

Long-term partners and clear criteria

In order to supply pulp to the entire Group, it is necessary to procure additional quantities on the world market in addition to the pulp Lenzing produces itself. At present, Lenzing purchases about half of the pulp it requires for fiber production. In the medium to long term, Lenzing’s objective is to only purchase one-quarter of the needed pulp, and to cover 75% of its requirements from its own pulp production.

The Lenzing Group only exclusively purchases pulp made from plantation wood within the context of long-term procurement contracts. Lenzing is familiar with these suppliers due to longstanding business relationships which have matured over decades, and also knows exactly which wood plantations are involved. 

Policy for Wood and Pulp