Lowering carbon, preserving resources

Technology from Rieter allows spinning mills to produce yarn with minimal resources. The successes in recent years are considerable with energy consumption per kg of yarn reduced by up to 69%.


Climate change is threatening lives and livelihoods. The fashion industry and with it the textile industry are accountable for a significant part of carbon emissions. Energy efficiency has long been a hallmark of Rieter spinning systems. As part of the textile value chain, Rieter is stepping up its focus on energy efficiency and setting measurable targets for 2030. When it comes to energy, less is definitely more.


The traditional linear production and consumption model of take-make-waste needs to change. Currently only 1% of textiles are re-used in a closed-loop system where they are transformed into products of equal value. 73% of used clothing ends up in landfill. It is time to close the loop. Customers use Rieter’s complete recycling systems and solutions and leverage Rieter’s know-how to develop breakthrough yarns that are sustainable and circular.

Solar Panels on Rooftop at Winterthur Headquarters with Views on Logo

Climate Commitment

From Winterthur to Wing, and from Usti to Changzhou, Rieter is expanding its solar power capacity across company-owned sites globally. At the same time, the company is renewing its heating and ventilation systems and improving energy efficiency at all locations. The goal is to power its company-owned manufacturing sites solely with renewable energy by 2030. In addition, Rieter is adopting circular approaches to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste.

2025: Progress

Rieter has set itself targets for 2025 to improve its footprint. By 2021, Rieter had already achieved two of the five targets grouped together under the keyword “Planet”. In terms of sales, Rieter was able to reduce total energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption. In terms of waste, the recycling rate rose from 80% to 90%.

Graphic, showing carbon footprint for five targets for 2021 and 2025