Peter Faaborg Andersen
Global Marketing & Business Development Director-Textile, Leather & Wastewater Solutions Novozymes
What are the results of life cycle assessments (LCA) done by Novozymes?
At Novozymes, sustainability is close to our heart and is an integrated part of the business across all application segments. We have a dedicated Novozymes team working exclusively with LCA, and it is something we take very seriously. For textiles, our enzymatic solutions have a very positive LCA impact as they allow garment manufacturers to run processes in more efficient and milder conditions, saving water, energy and oil-based chemicals. If you add up the different enzyme applications, you are able to save 1100 kg of CO2 per tonne of fabric, and equally important save up to 80 litres of water per tonne of fabric. All our LCAs are peer reviewed and published in a leading journal to ensure high quality, accuracy and credibility of analysis.
What is the next big thing as far as enzymatic treatments for textiles are concerned?
At Novozymes, innovation is an important part of our DNA. We invest more than 14 per cent of the total company sales back into research and development. For textiles, we recently introduced a number of new concepts-e.g. low temperature processing, more gentle denim bleaching, removal of pin holes for woven fabric, and a solution for more sustainable and cost-efficient towel production. These are all solutions that will make a difference to the industry. We will continue to invest in new innovations, and we have a number of exciting new solutions on the way to the future. That is all I can reveal for now-stay tuned for more.
Which are your biggest markets?
Novozymes is present in all major textile geographies-in China, Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa and Americas. We have a very strong technical team on ground for each region. We work with very competent global and regional partners in order to best support garment manufacturers worldwide.
Which are the three main sustainable policies followed at your units?
Sustainability is an integrated part of how we do business across business units. Twenty-five years back, Novozymes pioneered the Triple Bottom Line combining social, environmental and financial sustainability. A recent example of our continued commitment to sustainability is that Novozymes has been an integrated part of the development of newly launched United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Novozymes’ CEO, Peder Holk Nielsen, spoke as the only business representative at the UN general assembly on behalf of the industry in general when the UN Sustainable Development Goals were launched in September 2015. As the first company in the world, Novozymes has adopted the UN goals as an integrated part of our business strategy and strategic targets for the company. I personally think this is very inspiring and something that makes me proud to work for Novozymes.
What are the challenges faced by your industry?
In general, the textiles industry has come a long way on sustainability over the last five years. There is a lot of good work being done across the value chain, for example through the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) where Novozymes is also a long-time member together with the leading brands and retailers of the world. That being said, there is still more to do in order to help move the textiles industry in a more sustainable direction. It is important that cost efficiency, quality and sustainability go hand-in-hand in order to secure this development. This is a challenge that we in Novozymes want to take on, and the one where we believe that our existing enzymatic solutions as well as new innovations can be a part of the solution to help enable a both cost-efficient and sustainable textile industry.
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