Circularity & resources

Management Approach

Material topic: Circularity & resources

Importance for Lenzing

  • Advancing circularity in the industry and within Lenzing itself is one of the three core principles of Lenzing’s “Naturally positive” sustainability strategy
  • Improved resource efficiency in order to stay competitive in terms of costs and upcoming legal requirements
  • Providing new business opportunities
  • Being prepared for upcoming societal challenges (climate change, resource scarcity, textile waste and recycling, etc.)


  • Creating new product offerings and business models to help the industry to change
  • Optimizing the eco-footprint of the Lenzing products
  • Optimizing the value Lenzing generates via the environmental responsible products it supplies
  • Lowering emissions by closing energy and material loops
  • Replacing products that cause end-of-life pollution (e.g. microplastics contamination) with biodegradable alternatives
  • Valorizing biorefinery products
  • Decreasing use of virgin raw materials
  • Driving innovation on recycling and optimizing closed loop processes
  • Joining forces and sharing know-how within partnerships for systemic change


  • Transitional risks due to changing legislation and stakeholder expectations (NGOs, customers)
  • Increasing ecological footprint due to less efficient production steps and waste streams

Guiding principles

  • sCore TEN specialization strategy and net-benefit thinking are a guiding light for circular economy innovations
  • “Naturally positive” sustainability strategy with “Advancing circularity” as one of its three major principles and “Partnering for systemic change” focus area
  • Lenzing Group Environmental Standard
  • Lenzing Waste Management Guideline

Due diligence processes and (ongoing) measures

  • Environmental management system based on ISO 14001:2015 (including risk assessment and internal audits to ensure effectiveness of the measures implemented)


  • Advancing circularity in the Lenzing Group
  • Strategy to grow with REFIBRA™ and Eco Cycle technology
  • Developing technologies for post-consumer cellulosic recycling
  • Establishing partnerships and collaboration to drive the circularity topic in the industry
  • Increasing Lenzing’s specialty and forward-solution portfolio (net-benefit products)
  • All sites need to comply with the Group Environmental Standards
  • Establishing best practices to improve waste management and reduce the risks related to waste management
  • Developing new biobased biorefinery products
  • Developing fiber applications to replace products that cause end-of-life pollution (e.g. microplastics contamination) with biodegradable alternatives
  • Enhancing the sustainability performance of the biobased biorefinery product portfolio (e.g. carbon neutral LENZING™ Acetic Acid Biobased)
  • Supporting, contributing to and implementing the EU Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) and EU Textile Strategy
  • Helping to reduce waste streams in the textile and nonwovens value chains

Achievements/activities in the reporting year

  • Strategic investments in pulp and fiber projects fully on track despite COVID-19
  • Collaboration signed with Södra to jointly install a process for post-consumer cellulosic recycling
  • Targets for textile recycling on track
  • Lenzing intensified its collaboration with leading stakeholders and initiatives
  • Partner in the newly founded Christian Doppler Laboratory for a recycling-based circular economy
  • Contribution to supply chain transparency to facilitate circular economy projects
  • Viscose defined as non-plastic in the European Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD) (Directive (EU) 2019/904)
  • Results of marine biodegradation study published


  • Board members for pulp and commercial areas
  • Head of Circularity Initiative


  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Global Textile Business
  • Global Nonwoven Business
  • Global BU Noble Fiber
  • Division Pulp
  • Global Quality, Environment, Safety & Health (QESH)
  • Research & Development
  • Site Managers

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