Cosmetics giant halves carbon emissions

L’Oréal USA has reported the first measured results from its global sustainability programme, ‘Sharing Beauty With All,’ launched in 2013. By the end of 2014, the L’Oréal Group achieved a reduction of CO2 emissions by 50% from a 2005 baseline, while L’Oréal USA reduced its CO2 emissions by 57%.

Among the measures introduced, L’Oréal’s South Brunswick, New Jersey, distribution centre boasts a solar panel array with over 10,000 panels, which supplies nearly 100% of the building’s electrical requirements.

Beyond the company’s solar power infrastructure, L’Oréal USA has taken additional measures to being energy-efficient. For instance, the company’s Piscataway facility, also in New Jersey, is lit by sun tubes that collect and redistribute sunlight to illuminate the warehouse without the need for electric lighting. These 65 sun tubes will save an estimated 13,000 Kg of CO2 emissions per year;

Under the programme, by 2020 carbon emissions will be cut by 60%, L’Oréal says.

Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal, said: ‘These results show that we can deliver significant and tangible results if we put sustainable development at the centre of the Group strategy.’

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