The GPP is a voluntary program of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help increase the use of 'green power,' which is defined as "zero-emissions electricity from renewable sources."
L'Oréal USA uses more than 86 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which represents 96 percent of its total power needs. It was one of the companies that showed the largest increase in green power use and that moved up the ranking most since the last update. The company currently has new solar energy projects in Arkansas and Kentucky.
Jay Harf, vice president of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability for L'Oreal USA comments, "By making the choice to use clean, renewable energy, our organization becomes more sustainable while also sending a message that using green power is a sound business decision and an important tool in reducing one's carbon footprint in the fight against climate change."
Reaching 'Green Goals' Under the "Sharing Beauty With All" Initiative
Under its global sustainability strategy, Sharing Beauty with All, L'Oréal is committed to reducing the environmental impacts across its full value chain. It continues to implement both large-scale and small-scale solutions throughout its facilities. At the end of last year, L'Oreal USA had already reduced its worldwide CO2 emissions by 67% in absolute terms, from a 2005 baseline.
The company has also committed to reduce its water consumption and waste per finished product by 60% by 2020. A reduction of -52% of water consumption per finished product was already achieved at the end of last year.
Photo: Cutting the ribbon on one of its new solar energy facilities in the U.S. / PRNewsfoto/L'Oreal USA