Firmenich Joins RE100 and Reaches 100% Renewable Power Across Its European and US Manufacturing Sites


GENEVA, January 10, 2019 – Firmenich is proud to have joined RE100, a global initiative of the world’s most influential companies, all committed to 100% renewable power. Today, Firmenich manufacturing sites in the U.S. and Europe are operating with 100% renewable electricity, as the Group gets closer to meeting its ambitious goal of 100% renewable electricity across all of its production sites by 2020. Firmenich joins more than 160 major businesses in the global RE100 initiative, which is led by the international non-profit “The Climate Group” in partnership with “CDP”. Other members of the RE100 include Google, Lego, Apple and Nike.

“With all of our manufacturing sites in the U.S. and Europe currently 100% powered by renewable electricity, I am confident we will reach our goal of 100% for all our sites worldwide by 2020,” said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO Firmenich. “It is critical that business partners together to tackle climate change with a sense of urgency, which is why we have joined RE100 and the 160 world-class companies committed to driving the world’s economy towards sustainability.”

“In 2018, 78% of our global electricity came from renewable sources, and we are on our way to reach 90% of renewable electricity globally in 2019,” added Jane Sinclair, Head of Legal & Compliance and General Counsel, Firmenich. “Our teams are fully dedicated to fighting the urgent climate crisis and scaling up our actions with other like-minded companies in the RE100 initiative.”

“By joining RE100 and committing to source 100% renewable electricity by 2020, Firmenich is proving that it’s possible for big businesses to set ambitious targets that speed up the global transition to clean energy,” said Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group. “This is the kind of corporate climate leadership that will help us stay below 1.5 degrees global warming and deliver a robust, sustainable economy.”

“To achieve our goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2020, we are not only relying on the purchase of green electricity, we are also collaborating with our suppliers to develop onsite clean solutions such as wind power and solar energy,” commented Neil McFarlane, Senior VP Quality, Health, Safety, Security & Environment, Firmenich. “We look forward to partnering with RE100 and its member companies to push our thinking and help ease the transition towards a more sustainable global economy.”

In 2015, Firmenich announced its ambitious Environmental Goals for 2020 as well as its vision to become a carbon neutral company. In addition to committing to 100% of electricity from renewable sources or offsets, Firmenich is targeting a 20% reduction in absolute CO2 emissions and a 25% decrease of water use in water stressed areas. Taking its ambitious 2020 environmental goals to the next level, the perfume and taste company is also one of only 149 companies worldwide to have approved science-based targets. In joining the “Science Based Targets initiative” the Swiss company committed to reducing absolute Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 39% and Scope 3 emissions by 20% by 2030.

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