L'Oréal Yichang plant in China to reach carbon footprint neutrality in 2015
L’Oréal Yichang plant in China to reach carbon footprint neutrality in 2015
L’Oréal’s investment plan for the extension and connection to hydropower of its Yichang plant was signed today in the presence of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang in Toulouse, France.
This project is part of the strategic agreement between the Yichang government and L’Oréal regarding the use of clean and renewable energy such as hydropower and solar panels. For several years, the Yichang plant has innovated to improve its energy efficiency and to subsequently reduce its carbon footprint. By the end of 2015, Yichang will become L’Oréal’s first Asia-Pacific plant to reach carbon footprint neutrality. The plant is one of L’Oréal’s best performers with regards to sustainability, having reduced CO2 emissions by 45% between 2005 and 2014. It obtained the LEED Gold environmental certification in 2014.
"Our world-class Yichang plant is L’Oréal’s largest make-up production center in Asia-Pacific," said Alexis Perakis-Valat, Executive Vice-President, Asia Pacific Zone and CEO of L’Oréal China. "For Yichang to become carbon neutral demonstrates our continued confidence in the long-term prospects for China and the Asian market, as well as our strong commitment to sustainable development."
L’Oréal operates 43 plants globally, with three plants located in China (Yichang, Suzhou and Guangzhou). With an investment totaling more than 200 million RMB (24 million euros), the 70,000 m2 Yichang plant is L’Oréal’s largest make-up production center in Asia-Pacific, with a production capacity exceeding 210 million products annually.
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