Biomaterials industry figure criticises Higg MSI for underreported emissions

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Published:  23 June, 2022
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Founder and CEO of biomaterials company Natural Fiber Welding, Luke Haverhals, has taken to LinkedIn to criticise the Sustainable Apparel Coalition after the oil and gas industry was found to be underreporting emissions.

According to a new report from the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology in the U.S., the amount of methane that major oil and gas companies are emitting in the Permian Basin is likely significantly higher than the official numbers they are reporting to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Following this, Haverhals has called into question the sustainability data of the Higg Material Sustainability Index (MSI) due to the fundamental link between these underreported emissions and the carbon footprint of fossil fuel based materials, both virgin and recycled.

He said: “The amount of methane that major oil and gas companies are emitting in the Permian Basin is likely significantly higher than the official numbers they are reporting to the Environmental Protection Agency.”

Haverhals’ full comment can be found on LinkedIn.