Lenzing AG

Lenzing, Austria

Low risk

Completion of CanopyStyle Third Party Verification Audits

Undertaking Annual Audits

Audits Public and Results Acted On

Audit risk results

Contribution to Conservation Legacies

International Targets

Public Collaborative Leadership

Influences Decision Makers

Legislated protection


Extra Respon­sibilities


Innovation via New Alternative Fibers


R&D Investments

Scaling to commercial products

Targets & timelines

Contributing to Collective Goal

Aggressively Increasing Commercial Scale


Adoption of Robust Forest Sourcing Policy

Policy adoption

Policy meets all CanopyStyle criteria

Traceability, Transparency, and Sustainable Sourcing

Using the Dissolving Pulp Classification

Track & trace system in place

Public sharing of supplier list

Proactive sourcing decisions

Leaders in Supply Chain Shifts

Proactive Sourcing Decisions

FSC preference

Forest Mapper support

Associated with High Risk of Sourcing from Ancient & Endangered Forests and other Controversial Sources

Risk is known and no action is taken


Initial action taken to adress risk


Sourcing risk has been resolved


Buttons 30.5

Chemical Management

The producer is addressing the pollution originated by the chemical substances used during the MMCF production process. It has joined a credible initiative that advances solutions on chemical management. (worth 2 points)

The producer is implementing, for all of its sites, pollution control technologies to limit their impact, developing an approach for the recovery of substances used or generated during the production of MMCF.

ZDHC Responsible Fibre Production Guidelines ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines (evaluated in 2020, worth 3 points) ZDHC Air Emissions Guidelines


1 Point

Risk of sourcing from Ancient & Endangered forests

In October 2020, Lenzing completed and publicly released the results of its second CanopyStyle Audit, which confirms that the risk of sourcing wood from Ancient and Endangered Forests or other controversial sources remains low.

Lenzing is planning expansion in Brazil, with a focus on FSC sourcing outside of Ancient and Endangered Forests, however as this expansion comes online, additional due diligence is recommended as Brazil is currently capturing international attention due to the significant erosion of its National Forest Code, as well as legal protections for Indigenous rights and other environmental regulations.

Key Improvements Required

  • Sign on to the Next Generation Vision for Viscose and accelerate the use of Next Generation Fibre Solutions in order to meet or exceed the aspirational targets outlined in the Vision: 20% by 2021, and 50% by 2030.
  • Prioritize the integration and sourcing of Next Generation Solution technologies and feedstocks for future expansion plans and new suppliers. At a minimum, continue to use ForestMapper and complementary guidance documents such as the advice note of Ancient and Endangered Forests and the Dissolving Pulp Classification to ensure no sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests.
  • Where virgin fibres are used, and they are not coming from key priority Ancient and Endangered Forests, procure higher volumes of FSC 100% certified inputs from sources that have achieved FSC Forest Management certification on the ground.

Areas where the company is showing leadership

Lenzing has shown continuous leadership over the last number of years, as they have:

  • Been first to market with a lyocell fibre containing 30% recycled pre-consumer content-based cotton waste, with up to 10% post-consumer; they also launched a new vision formulating their intention to make textile waste recycling as common as paper recycling, and have set a target to reach 50% post-consumer recycled content by 2024.
  • Used their influence to help advance conservation legacy in three of Canopy’s Landscapes of Hope (Broadback Forest in Canada’s Boreal, Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia, and Temperate Rainforests of Vancouver Island).
  • Engaged with Canopy in a process to proactively avoid risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests as they look to expand their business operations.
Developed and scaled REFIBRA™ technology, which upcycles textile scraps from the garment industry and post-consumer recycled cotton waste into new TENCEL™ lyocell made with up to 10% post and 20% pre-consumer recycled textile waste.

Number of viscose, lyocell and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes

The company owns nine mills in total. Three viscose mills, four lyocell mills and two dissolving pulp mills. In June 2018, Lenzing also announced it is investigating an expansion project to build a new dissolving pulp plant in Brazil, jointly with Duratex.

  • Purwakarta PT. South Pacific Viscose, Indonesia. Capacity of 323 000 tonnes of viscose fibre.
    (The largest viscose fibre plant operated by the Lenzing Group).
  • Lenzing Nanjing (100% ownership), China. Capacity of 178 000 tonnes of viscose fibre.
  • Lenzing, Austria. Capacity of 284 000 tonnes of viscose and modal.
  • Lenzing, Austria. Capacity of 74 000 tonnes of Lyocell (TENCEL™, VEOCEL™).
  • Heiligenkreuz, Austria. Capacity 90 000 tonnes of Lyocell (TENCEL™, VEOCEL™).
  • Grimsby, UK. Capacity of 45 000 tonnes of Lyocell (TENCEL™, VEOCEL™).
  • Mobile, Alabama, USA. Capacity of 51 000 tonnes of Lyocell (TENCEL™, VEOCEL™).
  • Paskov, Czech Republic. Capacity of 275 000 tonnes of dissolving pulp.
  • Lenzing Austria. Capacity of 320 000 tonnes of dissolving pulp.
  • A joint venture with Duratex, Brazil will investigate the construction of a dissolving pulp mill. Projected capacity of 450 000 tonnes.

Lenzing produces man-made cellulosic fibre (MMCF), dissolving pulp, standard viscose fibres (rayon) and specialty cellulose fibres such as lyocell and modal.

Lenzing uses a variety of tree species including beech, spruce, eucalyptus, fir, acacia, maple, alder, birch, ash, pine, and poplar.

Lenzing has developed and scaled REFIBRA™ technology, which upcycles textile scraps from the garment industry and post-consumer recycled cotton waste into new TENCEL™ lyocell fibres made with up to 10% post and 20% pre-consumer recycled textile waste.