L’Oreal USA reduced its CO2 emissions by 57 percent in 2014 against a 2005 baseline, saving nearly 60,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to the first measured results of its global sustainability program, Sharing Beauty With All.
This milestone was due largely to the company’s commitment to expanding its use of renewable energy and solar technology across its facilities. More than 10,000 solar panels supply nearly 100 percent of the electrical energy at L’Oreal’s South Brunswick, New Jersey, distribution center, reducing CO2 emissions by close to 900 tons annually.
By the end of 2014, the L’Oreal Group achieved a 50 percent reduction of CO2 emissions, in absolute terms, from a 2005 baseline. Having met its 2015 CO2 emissions reduction goal one year early, the Group is now targeting a 60 percent reduction at its plants and distribution centers by 2020. The beauty products manufacturer is also targeting a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from product transportation by 2020. The data for transportation emissions reduction are not available for 2014 because the reporting process is currently being implemented.
L’Oreal Group has committed to a 60 percent reduction in water consumption per liter of finished product by 2020. To achieve this, the Group is taking a multipronged approach involving minimizing water use to a needs-only basis and developing water reuse and recycling projects on L’Oréal sites. By the end of 2014, water consumption at the company’s plants and distribution centers dropped 36 percent per liter of finished product compared to its 2005 baseline.
Waste generation was reduced by 23.1 percent from the 2005 baseline. The company has set goals to reduce waste generation by 60 percent per finished product unit by 2020 and send zero waste to landfill by 2020. In 2014, only 3.8 percent of waste was sent to landfill.
The company has committed to 100 percent of its products having an environmental or social benefit by 2020 and for 100 percent of its strategic suppliers to be evaluated on their social and environmental performance.