Lenzing AG

Lenzing, Austria

Low risk

1. Completion of CanopyStyle Third Party Verification Audits

1.1 Undertaking Annual Audits

1.2 Audits Public and Results Acted On

1.3 Audit Risk Results

2. Contribution to Conservation Legacies

2.1 International Targets

2.2 Public Collaborative Leadership

2.3 Influences Decision Makers

2.4 Legislated Protection


2.5 Extra Respon­sibilities


3. Innovation via New Alternative Fibers

3.1 Partnerships

3.2 R&D Investments

3.3 Scaling to Commercial Products

3.4 Targets & Timelines

3.5 Contributing to Collective Goal

3.6 Aggressively Increasing Commercial Scale


4. Adoption of Robust Forest Sourcing Policy

4.1 Policy Adoption

4.2 Policy Meets All CanopyStyle Criteria

5. Traceability, Transparency, and Sustainable Sourcing

5.1 Using the Dissolving Pulp Classification

5.2 Track & Trace System In-Place

5.3 Public Sharing of Supplier List

5.4 Proactive Sourcing Decisions

6. Leaders in Supply Chain Shifts

6.1 Proactive Sourcing Decisions

6.2 FSC Preference

6.3 Forest Mapper Support

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

7.1 Risk Is Known and No Action Is Taken


7.2 Initial Action Taken to Address Risk


7.3 Sourcing Risk Has Been Resolved


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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.

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.



1.5 Points

Risk of sourcing from Ancient and 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. A CanopyStyle Audit will be required in 2022.

Lenzing’s new mill in Brazil is intended to exclusively source from FSC-certified plantation fibre, excluding any recently converted Ancient and Endangered Forests. However, as this expansion comes online in 2022, additional due diligence is recommended, as illegal logging and logging that violates indigenous peoples’ rights are an escalating issue in Brazil.

Key Improvements Required

  • Accelerate the use of Next Generation fibre solutions in order to meet or exceed the targets outlined in the Next Generation Vision for Viscose: 50% by 2030. 
  • Prioritize the integration and sourcing of Next Generation Solution technologies and feedstocks for future expansion plans and new suppliers. 
  • Continue to use ForestMapper and complementary guidance documents such as the Dissolving Pulp Mill 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 content, and also launched a new vision formulating their intention to make textile waste recycling as common as paper recycling. They have set a target to reach 50% post-consumer recycled content by 2024.
  • Made senior level commitment and allocation of resources to further develop products containing Next Generation fibre solutions, including a public commitment to increase the use of recycled textile inputs to 100,000 tonnes by 2028. Brand uptake of REFIBRA will play an important role in reinforcing this expansion, and Lenzing is capable of expanding production based on demand.
  • Used their influence to help advance conservation legacy in Landscapes of Hope.
  • Agreed to work with Canopy to proactively avoid risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests, thereby, continuing to use ForestMapper and the Dissolving Pulp Mill Classification to ensure future sourcing, expansion plans, and ventures are not located in Ancient and Endangered Forests.
  • The company provided a letter to support conservation solutions in key priority Ancient and Endangered Forests in 2021.

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

Lenzing produces a lyocell fibre with 20% to 30% pre-consumer recycled cotton called REFIBRA.

The company owns nine mills: three viscose mills, four lyocell mills, and two dissolving pulp mills. Lenzing is building a new dissolving pulp plant in Brazil, jointly with Duratex. The mill is expected to open in the first half of 2022, capable of producing up to 500,000 tonnes of viscose fibre per year

Lenzing’s mills include:

  • Purwakarta PT. South Pacific Viscose, Indonesia. Capacity of 323 000 tonnes of viscose fibre.
  • 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 285 000 tonnes of dissolving pulp.
  • Lenzing Austria. Capacity of 320 000 tonnes of dissolving pulp.
  • A joint venture with Duratex, under construction to produce dissolving pulp. Projected capacity of 500 000 tonnes.

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