The climate-friendly carbon fiber from SGL Carbon - up to 50% less CO2 emissions

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  • Use of predominantly renewable energies
  • Commissioning of a biomass plant at the Lavradio site (Portugal) at the beginning of 2024
  • Consistent continuation of the SGL Carbon climate strategy

SGL Carbon relies on climate-friendly manufacturing processes in the production of its own carbon fibers. By using renewable energy, the carbon footprint of SGL fiber can be reduced by up to 50% compared to a conventional fiber*. The carbon fibers from SGL Carbon are therefore not only characterized by high tensile strength and high stiffness with low weight, but also by being climate friendliness. 

Use of a climate-friendly energy mix at the Moses Lake site (USA)

SGL carbon fiber is produced at the Lavradio (Portugal) and Moses Lake (USA) sites. SGL Carbon made a conscious decision to produce at the Moses Lake site back in the 1990s. The use of hydropower as an energy source played a decisive role in the choice of location. As a result, around 75,000 tonnes of CO2 can be saved in Moses Lake by purchasing electricity from hydropower plants compared to a fossil fuel-based electricity mix.

Installation of a biomass plant at the Lavradio site (Portugal)

As part of the consistent implementation of its climate strategy, SGL Carbon will be using a CO2-neutral biomass system to generate energy from the beginning of 2024, which will make the production system, which was previously based on natural gas, more flexible and climate-friendly. At full capacity, the biomass system in Lavradio can save more than 90,000 tons of CO2.

The raw material used is wood pellets, which are sourced from within a radius of 250 kilometers. This means that SGL Carbon also attaches great importance to short transportation routes and thus to climate protection when sourcing biomass.

Resource-friendly carbon fiber production using hydropower and biomass

The climate-friendly energy supply at the site in Moses Lake (USA) combined with the new biomass plant in Lavradio (Portugal) lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 50% in the production of SGL's own carbon fibers compared to conventional fibers*. With the investment in the biomass system, SGL Carbon is consistently pursuing its climate strategy. The target is to save 50% CO2 emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by the end of 2025 compared to the base year 2019 and to be climate-neutral in Scope 1 and 2 by the end of 2038. In the period 2019 to 2022, SGL Carbon has already reduced its CO2 emissions by 17%.


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