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MÖNCHENGLADBACH - Nonwovens technology manufacturer Trützschler has outlined a range of ambitious targets for improving its overall environmental performance and achieving climate neutrality.

Based in Mönchengladbach, Germany, Trützschler has been operating for more than 130 years and is divided into four business units: Spinning, Nonwovens, Man-Made Fibers, and Card Clothing. The company’s machines, installations and accessories are produced and developed in ten locations worldwide, which includes four factories in Germany (Dülmen, Egelsbach, Mönchengladbach, Neubulach), as well as sites in China (Jiaxing and Shanghai), India (Ahmedabad), the USA (Charlotte), Brazil (Curitiba) and Switzerland (Winterthur).

Supplying resource-efficient technologies for customers worldwide, Trützschler says that as a family-owned company, it has always placed a strong focus on ensuring sustainability for future generations. "Today, that focus is sharper than ever – because our planet’s precious climate is changing," the company says, adding that it is taking decisive action to further minimize its environmental impact and maximize its contribution to sustainability with a focus on three specific targets for cutting emissions.

The three specific targets are: a reduction of CO2 emissions by 50% at its headquarters in Mönchengladbach, Germany, by 2025; Climate-neutrality at all Trützschler locations in Germany by 2030; and Climate-neutrality at all Trützschler locations worldwide by 2035. Climate neutrality refers to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions while also offsetting any remaining emissions by supporting activities that remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Trützschler is targeting Scope 1 emissions (e.g. direct emissions from burning fossil fuels) and Scope 2 emissions (e.g. indirect emissions from purchased electricity), as well as selected Scope 3 emissions (e.g. from business-related travel).

By pursuing these ambitious targets, the company says it will transform its business. With the plan already in action, global teams are now stepping up efforts to accelerate innovative energy management approaches including a shift to renewable power and more sustainable logistics processes.

“The shareholders of the Trützschler Group SE set these goals for climate neutrality as part of our commitment to protecting the planet and secure the long-term success of our company,” says Charlotte Fontaine, Deputy Chief Spokesperson for the Hans Trützschler family.

“That commitment has been a central part of our identity for more than 130 years – and we, the fifth generation of shareholders, are excited about taking the next steps forward in this long tradition,” adds Florian Schürenkrämer, deputy chief spokesperson.


Trützschler says it will achieve its sustainability target with a combination of its technologies, its processes and its people. "Trützschler’s technologies save resources, cut waste and reduce emissions for customers worldwide," the company says. "Our own production processes are shaped by our passion for energy savings and resource-efficiency. And our people and partners actively promote a safer and more sustainable future. Together, these three factors will contribute to tangible results in our commitment to promoting environmental and social progress."

Innovations from Trützschler that support industry in becoming more sustainable include the WASTECONTROL system which features sensors that help to make sure every fibre is used. Specially designed machines and equipment from Trützschler also support the transition to a circular economy by making it possible to produce yarn by recycling old material, production waste, or even plastic bottles. And its Wet-laid/Spunlace technologies support the production of fully biodegradable wet wipes that are made from pulp and cellulose.

The company's production facilities are also designed to maximize sustainability, and Trützschler says it is constantly seeking ways to further reduce energy consumption and boost resource efficiency. "We go beyond regulatory expectations, and proactively integrate environmental considerations into every aspect of our business," the company says, highlighting that this involves using renewable energy from sources like solar panels, wind turbines and hydropower.

It also operates a continuous improvement approach to cut waste in its value chain and is investing in climate-friendly logistics processes such as a fleet of low-emissions company cars. All Trützschler sites are certified in line with the ISO 50001 standard for energy management, and the company is a partner of the Blue Competence sustainability initiative from the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA).

"As a family-owned company, our business is shaped by a firm belief in the importance of creating a sustainable future for generations to come," Trützschler says. "Health and safety are our top priority at all times. We provide a working environment with flat hierarchies and fast decision-making – where strong values define our leadership approach. And we empower our people to learn and grow throughout their career via targeted programs for training and development.

"Our company has a strong passion for sustainability, and we are relentless in our efforts to turn that passion into progress.

"Trützschler is taking action. Our three new targets provide a clear and measurable indication of our performance and we are striving to achieve these measurable targets that will support our impact on the biggest challenge our planet has ever faced."


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