Low carbon growth : a major step forward

04/2016 • Updated 14/04/2017

In 2016, four years ahead of schedule, we met our two targets, by reducing the emissions related to our production by 67%, in absolute terms, from a 2005 baseline, and by reducing the emissions related to the transportation of our products (per sales unit per km) by 20% from a 2011 baseline.

Between 2005 and 2016, we have reduced the greenhouse gas emissions related to our plants and distribution centres by 67%, in absolute terms. And during the same period of time, we have increased our production volume by 29%, thereby confirming that ambitious commitment in favor of the climate can go hand-in-hand with economic success.

This exceptional performance was praised for the fourth year running by the CDP. This independent international organisation, which evaluates the environmental performance of companies, awarded L’Oréal a score of “A”, representing the highest level of performance, in its Climate Leadership Index.

An ambitious commitment to tackling climate change is compatible with a successful business model.

Our three catalysts

We are reducing energy consumption at our plants and distribution centres. Through improvements in building design and insulation, along with the optimisation of manufacturing processes and the use of more energy-efficient technology, L’Oréal reduced the kWh consumption per finished product at plants and distribution centres by 33% between 2005 and 2015. Since 2014, L’Oréal has also continued to implement the ISO 50 001 (energy management) certification process, and we expect all of our plants to have obtained this certification by 2020. The first plant certified was in Caudry (France) in 2014, followed by four others in Vichy and Lassigny (France), Karlsruhe (Germany) and Pune (India), in 2015. In total, in 2016, 24% of plants (representing 10 sites) were certified.                         

We are expanding the use of renewable energy,  thanks to the implementation of major projects using various technologies adapted to the geographical location of our sites (biomethanisation, biomass, solar panels) and the purchase of green electricity and gas. Renewables represented 45% of energy used at our plants and distribution centres in 2016. Fifteen of the Group’s sites achieved carbon neutrality by the end of 2016: five plants (Libramont in Belgium, Settimo in Italy, Burgos in Spain, Rambouillet in France and Yichang in China) and 10 distribution centres.

We are also reducing emissions linked to the transportation of our products, from our plants to our distributors. The goal is to decrease emissions per sales unit by 20% with respect to 2011. A host of actions are being undertaken, including the use of rail transport to replace road freight in China, the optimisation of container loading in the Africa and Middle East zone, and the reduction in air transport. As a result of these efforts, L’Oréal has achieved its target four years early. In 2016, emissions related to the transportation of products have decreased by 20% per sales unit per km, from a 2011 baseline.


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2016 -48%
2015 -45%

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

-67% CO2 emissions

+29% production

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

2016 -35%
2015 -31 %


Reduction of waste generated by our plants and distribution centres since 2005 (in grams prr 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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