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CORDENKA views the environmental sustainability of its products as a guiding principle for its lasting business success. Our environmental quality management aims at fulfilling or even, if possible and reasonable, continuously surpassing the environmental standards posed by society in general, and by our neighbors and environmental authorities in particular.

In this way, we can help to maximize gain for the environment while further strengthening economic fundamentals. Environmental objectives and measures, as executed and performed, are derived from the CORDENKA environmental strategy and are in line with the ISO 14001 certified management system.

According to the relevant norms of the nomenclature of textile products, rayon is defined as a chemical fiber based on renewable resources. This definition points out two fundamental aspects of rayon production: the renewable raw material base on the one hand, and the intensive production process on the other. CORDENKA® rayon can be assessed as a contemporary, sustainable product, the production of which complies with all official requirements.

Chemical wood pulp forms the raw material base for rayon production; just like rayon, this pulp consists almost exclusively of cellulose: a material resulting from the natural synthesis of trees. CORDENKA’s cellulose suppliers use only those trees grown in the context of sustainable forestry, which ensures a continuous balance between harvested trees and newly planted saplings. The raw material base of CORDENKA®, in other words, is both renewable and sustainable.

The high-quality chemical wood pulp is a preliminary product with a negative CO2 balance that is the amount of CO2 that is tied in the wood pulp during photosynthesis is bigger that the amount released during its production.

As CORDENKA gets its energy from an efficient gas-fired power plant with cogeneration of heat and power, it yields, despite an energy-intensive production process, a total CO2 balance which is significantly favorable in comparison with competing products based on fossil feedstock.

In recent years, CORDENKA has already achieved considerable reductions in energy and water consumption during rayon production.

The current focus within the company’s environmental objectives is on the reduction of immissions of process-related gaseous sulfur compounds and on the further reduction of energy consumption.

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