L'Oréal Group’s North Asia Zone has announced it is the first of the company's zones worldwide 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.
At L’Oréal’s BeautyCos plant in Suzhou, onsite solar panels have been generating 1.2MkWh 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 addition to its solar power generating system, a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system was built onsite to use biogas to produce steam, electricity and heat with high efficiency.
L’Oréal Korea started participating in Korea’s RE-100 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 Power Purchasing Agreements 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.
The L’Oréal Group has set long-term goals to reduce all its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030 in absolute terms compared to 2016, and aims to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
Fabrice Megarbane, president of L’Oréal North Asia and CEO of L'Oréal China, said, "With the United Nations warning that every country, city, organization should adopt plans for net zero—the call to act has seen L’Oréal North Asia Zone rise to the challenge and show true leadership. As a company, 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."
Pankaj Gupta, SVP of L’Oréal North Asia and China Operations, said, “From today, in North Asia, each L’Oréal product is produced and stored in plants and warehouses that are carbon neutral. Going forward, we will further collaborate with our stakeholders to reduce CO2 emissions along the entire industry value chain through product innovation and consumer empowerment programs, transportation upgrading and collaboration with strategic suppliers."