Arnhem, July 7, 2021. The recently conducted Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) shows that Teijin Aramid has improved the carbon footprint of
Twaron® by 28% compared to 2014. The reduction is the result of years of focus on sustainability, process improvements and the transition to 100% renewable electricity.
For Teijin’s customers, this improvement means that the ecological footprint of their products also improves. The LCA study has been externally reviewed and conducted according to the applicable ISO standards 14040 and 14044.
Improved eco-profile Twaron® (scope: cradle to factory gate)
|Twaron® Product Carbon Footprint 2021||Climate Change [kg CO2-eq/kg]|
|Average Twaron® yarn (incl. converted yarn)||8.7|
|Average Twaron® Pulp (HC and LC)||8.8|
The EU product environmental footprint (PEF) version 2.0 environmental impact categories are used to determine the Climate change impact.
Twaron® intrinsically possesses sustainable properties, such as its light weight, long service life and strength. With the help of the Customer Benefit Model (CBM) developed by Teijin, the customer benefit of using Twaron in a particular application can be calculated economically and environmentally. Reducing the footprint improves this benefit even more. The CBM is a TÜV-certified calculation model in which, together with customers and supply chain partners, the financial and ecological benefits of using Twaron® are independently calculated.
Peter ter Horst, CEO Teijin Aramid: “We are convinced that we are on the right path to a zero footprint by 2050. By using Twaron®, the end product inherently becomes more sustainable because it lasts longer and is lighter. If we continue to make the production of Twaron® more sustainable, for example by consuming less energy, investing in green energy and recycling more, we will directly contribute to a better world for future generations.”
Collaboration in the chain
For decades Teijin Aramid has been recyclingT waron®. Currently, significant investments are being made into pilots to expand physical, chemical and mechanical recycling. The ambition is to recover even more material from the market to avoid incineration and landfill of waste containing aramid. Advanced recycling techniques allow the raw material to be reused, which further reduces the carbon footprint substantially over time. Teijin is committed to closing the loop with new logistical partnerships to recover the material from the market.
The 2020 sustainability report provides more information on how Teijin is living up to its commitment to ‘zero emission’.
About Teijin Aramid
Teijin Aramid is a subsidiary of the Teijin Group and world leader in aramids. Its aramid products Twaron®, Teijinconex®, Technora® and its ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) Endumax® are renowned for their strength, sustainability, safety, heat resistance and low weight and are used in a variety of markets and segments, including automotive, safety and life protection, aerospace and a wide range of industrial applications. These high-performance materials are produced in the Netherlands, Thailand and Japan.
For more information: www.teijinaramid.com
About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the fields of environmental value; safety, security and disaster mitigation; and demographic change and increased health consciousness. Originally established as Japan’s first rayon manufacturer in 1918, Teijin has evolved into a unique enterprise encompassing three core business domains: high-performance materials including aramid, carbon fibers and composites, and also resin and plastic processing, films, polyester fibers and products converting; healthcare including pharmaceuticals and home healthcare equipment for bone/joint, respiratory and cardiovascular/metabolic diseases, nursing care and pre-symptomatic healthcare; and IT including B2B solutions for medical, corporate and public systems as well as packaged software and B2C online services for digital entertainment. Deeply committed to its stakeholders, as expressed in the brand statement “Human Chemistry, Human Solutions”, Teijin aims to be a company that supports the society of the future. The group comprises more than 170 companies and employs some 20,000 people across 20 countries worldwide. Teijin posted consolidated sales of JPY 836.5 billion (USD 7.7 billion) and total assets of JPY 1,036.4 billion (USD 9.5 billion) in the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2021
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