L'Oréal USA Achieves Scope 1 and 2 Carbon Neutrality - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, GHG Emissions  -  September 22, 2021

L'Oréal USA Achieves Scope 1 and 2 Carbon Neutrality

L'Oréal USA announced Sept. 20 that it has achieved carbon neutrality in its Scope 1 and 2 emissions across all 25 U.S. sites, including manufacturing and distribution facilities, administrative sites and research and innovation centers.

The cosmetics company is the largest subsidiary of the L'Oréal Groupe and has been improving its energy efficiency and working toward 100% renewable energy use since 2005. This new achievement of carbon neutrality contributes to L'Oréal’s global goal that all its sites worldwide be carbon neutral by 2025.

L'Oréal USA reached its carbon neutrality goal through a strategy of energy optimization, including LED lighting conversions and upgrading of equipment to efficient models, and powering 80% of its sites with onsite renewable energy projects. The company has installed more than 50,000 solar panels onsite since 2005.

Its headquarters is also LEED Gold certified and features a solar installation that provides 60% of the office’s needs, in addition to electric vehicle charging stations for employees.

To cover energy needs not addressed by onsite projects, L'Oréal USA purchases locally sourced RECs. It also uses onsite renewable natural gas for space and water heating.

“L'Oréal's sustainability ambition is a transformational effort that has touched every department, becoming a source of pride, inspiration and education for all our 11,000 U.S. employees,” Stéphane Rinderknech, president & CEO of L'Oréal USA, said in a statement. “Our brands and products are some of the most recognizable in the world, and more than 2 out every 3 products we sell in the United States are manufactured here. Our customers can be proud their products are made in facilities that use 100% renewable energy. While we are proud of these achievements, we know this is not enough to meet the moment we are in today and must push ourselves ever farther to meet the climate crisis head-on.” 

L'Oréal USA set a long-term goal to reduce all Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions 25% since 2016 and aims to be net-zero by 2050.

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