Hydro, Industrial, Solar - August 1, 2022
L'Oréal North Asia Achieves Carbon Neutrality
L'Oréal Group’s North Asia Zone is the first of the company’s zones to achieve carbon neutrality across all operated sites, plants, distribution centers, offices, and research and innovation centers spanning five geographic markets of Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
“We recognized the gravity of the global environmental crisis more than 20 years ago and began reducing our environmental footprint in our manufacturing plants and distribution centers back in 2009. With the launch of our ambitious sustainability commitment in 2020 - L'Oréal for the Future - which states that all L'Oréal sites worldwide must reach carbon neutrality by 2025, the North Asia Zone accelerated its efforts to achieve its goals, which we are immensely proud of," said Fabrice Megarbane, President North Asia & CEO L’Oréal China in a statement.
In both Mainland China and South Korea, CO2 emissions reduction through installing onsite renewable energy generating facilities has been an important contribution to the overall effort. At L’Oréal’s BeautyCos plant in Suzhou, onsite solar panels have been generating 1.2M kWh of electricity every year since 2015. The rooftop solar panels installed at L’Oréal’s distribution center in Suzhou provided 100% of its 4.4M kWh electricity needs since 2019.
In Mainland China, L’Oréal’s Yichang Tianmei Plant achieved carbon neutrality with 100% use of hydropower in 2018.
L’Oréal Korea started participating in Korea’s RE100 system (a global initiative on renewable power) in 2021 and received renewable energy certification from Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) for the energy used across all its offices and distribution centers.
In its Japanese plant in Gotemba, L’Oréal has installed new electrical boilers using renewable electricity.
L'Oréal Taiwan is the first company in the market to channel its renewable energy efforts through PPAs with local authorities and the landlord of the commercial building where it operates. This enabled the organization to achieve its carbon neutrality status in late 2021.
Similarly, L’Oréal Hong Kong site achieved carbon neutrality in 2020 with the implementation of energy efficiency measures that included the installation of LED lighting to reduce energy consumption and sourcing local renewable electricity for its office.