On March 1st, L’Oréal USA announced its plans to achieve carbon neutrality in 2019 for all 21 of its U.S. manufacturing and distribution facilities with a financially sustainable approach, that could potentially serve as a model to support new renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in the future. The company currently has 17 renewable energy installations across the country, including large on-site solar arrays in Arkansas Kentucky as well as wind turbines in Texas.
In order to reach this milestone, L’Oréal USA is adding to its diversified energy portfolio with RNG purchased from a new processing facility in Kentucky. Indeed, after an 18-month research phase, the team identified a potential renewable energy production solution utilizing landfill gas (LFG) in Ashland that will eliminate the carbon equivalent of 1.8 million gallons of gasoline a year.
“Achieving carbon neutrality for all of our Operations facilities furthers our commitment to being a sustainability leader in the United States” said Frédéric Rozé, President and CEO of L’Oréal USA.
Guided by L’Oréal’s Sharing Beauty with All global sustainability program, L’Oréal USA had already surpassed the company’s 60% carbon emissions reduction goal in absolute terms in 2017.