Symrise Commits to Sustainable Energy After Joining Global Initiative RE100


By 2025, Symrise will operate with energy obtained entirely from renewable resources.

The company recently became a member of the RE100 Initiative, which prompts members to set a deadline, with a limit of 2050, by which they will utilize renewable resources to obtain all of their energy.

“Symrise wants to exclusively use energy from renewable sources around the world by 2025—that is our clear goal,” said Hans Holger Gliewe, chief sustainability officer at Symrise. “We are setting an example through our membership in the RE100 initiative.”

In 2018, the company’s energy consumption totaled 5,413 joules, which is demanding on the environment.

To address this concern, Symrise began implementing energy efficiency. For example, it obtained CO₂ certificates to green all the conventional energy it bought. CO₂ certificates render CO₂ emissions climate neutral through offsets, including methane capture and funding of renewable energy projects.

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Currently, 98% of production sites and 69% of manufacturing sites for Symrise have been certified per the RE100 sustainable and ISO 14001 environmental management criteria, respectively.

“Symrise has been completely transparent regarding its energy goals and performance since 2006,” said Helmut Frieden, Ph.D, corporate sustainability Symrise AG. “We were the first company in our sector and among the first 61 companies worldwide to fulfill the strict climate goals of the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBT) in June 2017. But we are not stopping there, because programs to achieve eco-efficiency today have the highest priority in society. This is reflected in our current materiality analysis, in which we describe the strategic weighting of our sustainability goals through our company and its stakeholders.”

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