In advance of Earth Day, L’Oreal Group reported significant advances last week in its corporate campaign for environmental sustainability, including a major commitment to solar power at its manufacturing plant in North Little Rock.
The global sustainability program, which the French cosmetics leader calls “Sharing Beauty for All,” has helped reduce the company’s carbon emissions at plants and distribution centers by 73 percent since 2005, the report said, even while product production rose 33 percent. By the end of 2017, 24 of L’Oreal’s 41 industrial sites worldwide achieved carbon neutrality, taking actions to remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere das they put into it.
The company’s American operation, L’Oreal USA, has announced plans to reach carbon neutrality by the end of next year at all of its U.S. manufacturing facilities in what the company called a “financially sustainable approach.”
Solar projects in North Little Rock and Florence, Kentucky, were singled out as the company touted its “45 miles of solar panels from Arkansas to New Jersey to Kentucky” as helping to reach that goal.
Scenic Hill Solar of Little Rock, led by former Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, installed the 1.2-megawatt commercial solar array on the grounds of the North Little Rock factory and an even bigger 1.4-megawatt system in Kentucky. Those were added to 15 existing solar and wind installations L’Oreal has across the nation, creating enough annual electricity to power 8,000 average homes.
“We are committed to advancing sustainable business, and our teams have made incredible strides in the last year, particularly in the U.S.,” said Danielle Azoulay, head of sustainability for L’Oreal USA. “We manufacture more than a billion units of product in the U.S. With that scale comes influence and opportunity to address environmental challenges.”