L'Oréal plan to reach carbon neutrality in 2019 - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  March 9, 2018

L'Oréal to reach carbon neutrality in 2019

L'Oréal announced plans to achieve carbon neutrality in 2019 for all 21 of its U.S. manufacturing and distribution facilities. The company is adding renewable natural gas (RNG) to its energy portfolio in order to reach this goal.

According to a statement, the company has signed a 15-year agreement to purchase approximately 40% of the RNG produced from the Big Run Landfill in Ashland, Ky. which is 135 miles from the L'Oréal USA plant in Florence, Ky. These RNG purchases will be directed into the interstate natural gas transmission system.  

"Achieving carbon neutrality for all of our operations facilities furthers our commitment to being a sustainability leader in the United States," said Frédéric Rozé, president and CEO of L'Oréal USA. “This new milestone can be credited to our passionate teams and their vision in finding a new renewable energy approach that benefits one of our local communities while being a long-term, financially viable solution."

L'Oréal currently has 17 renewable energy installations across the country, including on-site solar arrays in Arkansas, New Jersey and Kentucky, as well as wind turbines in Texas. As part of L'Oréal's Sharing Beauty with All global sustainability program, L'Oréal USA already surpassed the company's 60 percent carbon emissions reduction goal in 2017, reaching an 84 percent reduction from a 2005 baseline and achieving 100 percent renewable electricity use for all 21 U.S. facilities.

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