A carbon-neutral factory by late 2015


With the help of an ambitious hydropower project, the L’Oréal factory in Yichang, China – already very efficient in reducing its CO2 emissions – is expected to reach carbon neutrality in 2015.


The Chinese factory in Yichang has been introducing innovative initiatives for several years to improve its energy efficiency and subsequently reduce its carbon footprint. Such efforts have led to it reducing power consumption to 58 kWh/1000 units in 2014, or 38% less than in 2005, and to achieving LEED Gold environmental certification. Even in 2011, the site had hoped to expand while developing the use of green electricity as a way of reaching the 2015 goals set by L’Oréal for reducing CO2 emissions. Yichang therefore decided to take advantage of the nearby Three Gorges Dam for a supply of electricity from a hydropower source. To do so, the factory, with the support of local authorities, invested in building a “T-connection” in 2014 that links it directly to this hydroelectricity generator.


Yichang started using hydropower in March 2013, which had a positive impact on the emissions rate linked with its electrical use, which dropped from 766 kg to 52 kg of CO2/MWh. With this “T-connection”, the site now expects to only use hydroelectricity, starting from mid-2015. The only remaining emissions will then be generated by gas boilers, which Yichang plans to replace with electric boilers over the course of 2015. At that time, this factory will become the first carbon-neutral Group factory in the Asia-Pacific region. It is already among the most successful of the Group in this realm, having reduced COmissions by 45% between 2005 and 2014, 33% of which was between 2013 and 2014 alone.

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2017 -48%
2016 -48%

Reduction of water consumption in  our plants and distribution centres since 2005 (in litre per finished product). Our target: -60 % by 2020.

-73% CO2 emissions

+33% production

Results recorded since 2005, which show that ambitious commitment for the climate and economic performance can work together.

2017 -37%
2016 -35 %


Reduction of waste generated by our plants and distribution centres since 2005 (in grams per finished product). Our target: -60% by 2020.

« Nous sommes tous mobilisés pour construire un Loréal plus durable. »

Alexandra Palt

Directrice Responsabilité Sociétale et Environnementale



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