As Climate Week NYC gets underway, L’Oréal Group, the event’s opening ceremony sponsor, revealed that all of the U.S. operations are now carbon-neutral.
The company claims that its 25 U.S. locations have achieved carbon neutrality for “scope 1,” or direct emissions, and “scope 2,” or indirect emissions. Several actions were taken, including the creation of energy-saving efforts and direct renewable power projects, the earning of renewable energy certificates, and the use of natural gas and solar power. The program is part of the firm’s stated objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in scopes 1, 2, and 3 (the emissions from other portions of supply chain) by 25 percent by the year 2030, and to be a net-zero corporation by 2050 by switching to 100% renewable energy.
“The next phase is to raise customer awareness,” stated Danielle Azoulay, L’Oréal USA’s head of CSR and Sustainability. “Regardless of whether our customers demand it or not, we’re doing it because we’re the world’s largest beauty company.”
During Climate Week, which goes from September 20 to 26 and coincides with the UN General Assembly, beauty businesses are speaking out en masse. More than 100 beauty businesses took to social media to show their support for the CodeRed4Climate campaign.
In 2016, L’Oreal Group joined the Better Buildings, Better Plants initiative of US Department of Energy’s (DOE) to improve energy efficiency. It drew on the DOE’s performance measuring tools, energy analytics, and specialists to identify new energy-saving legislations and equipment, such as LED lighting and high-efficiency vacuum pumps and air compressors.
The corporation has placed approximately 50,000 solar panels at its U.S. manufacturing, research, distribution, administration, and innovation locations, which would total 57 miles if it is lined up. More than 4,000 solar panels generate 1.4 megawatts of energy for the Florence Haircare production plant in Kentucky, the company’s largest U.S. location. At its 450,000-square-foot factory in Arkansas, it employs 3,600 solar panels to generate 1.2 megawatts of energy.
“The energy concentration of industries is so much greater in volume than the energy intensity of our office structures or our homes,” Azoulay explained.
The corporation also buys RECs (renewable energy certificates) for solar power, wind, and hydro, projects near its sites in New York, California, and Florida.
“As an offset mechanism, we employ renewable energy credits,” Azoulay explained. Due to transparency difficulties, she noted, “you hear a lot of terrible things about offsets.” “Those aren’t the types of offsets we employ. We are decreasing and optimizing the energy consumption first and foremost.”