United Kingdom

A larger, more sustainable distribution centre


By adding 5,000 m2 to its Trafford warehouse in Manchester, L’Oréal UK & Ireland has improved its environmental footprint on several fronts.

In logistics terms, the extension makes it possible to stop using external storage sites to compensate for a lack of capacity. Repackaging work performed by external providers is also now handled in-house. Lastly, the centre can now take direct delivery of continental European products without relying on an intermediate storage site. The result: annual CO2 emissions from transport have been reduced by 12 tonnes. And the building itself is also now more energy-efficient. “The site extension was an opportunity to improve the centre’s energy performance, particularly the energy-consumption management systems,” says Stephan Coutelen, Operations Director for L’Oréal UK & Ireland. Among the upgrades are infrared sensors detecting both motion and daylight which, paired with low-energy lighting, made it possible to reduce power consumption by 14% in 2014. Moreover, the site extension is entirely powered by green energy.

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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



Find all our publications regarding our sustainability commitments as well as press kits and videos in the Resources section.

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2017 report

Our 2017
progress report

Download the 2017 progress report