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Environment and Resources CO2 and Energy

Firmenich works on driving our energy consumption and CO2 emissions down through renewable energy and energy conservation initiatives.

Energy Use and GHG Emissions

Our goal is to reduce absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020, compared to our FY15 baseline. Additionally, we aim to source 100% of our electricity, for our Level 1 sites, from renewable sources or through purchased offsets of renewable energy generated elsewhere in the electricity grids.


In FY16, Firmenich’s Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions have reduced by 4.9%, compared to FY15 (144,410 tonnes to 137,355 tonnes) and by 14.7% compared with FY11 (160,888 tonnes).

Our strategy for reducing CO2 emissions is partly based on increasing the amounts of renewable energy purchased. In FY16, we purchased 36,000 megawatt hours of RECs in the U.S.

This year, we also approved the budget for our largest renewable energy project to date – the purchase of a renewable briquette boiler for process steam production in Dahej, India. By burning agricultural waste (a renewable energy source), the boiler is anticipated to reduce our Scope 1 CO2 emissions by 2,800 tonnes annually (2% of all of our Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions). Installation will begin in FY17.

To help meet our emission reduction goals, we continued to invest in renewable energy and efficiency projects in FY16. We completed eight energy efficient lighting (LED) projects; two heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) ventilation upgrades; three photovoltaic and solar water heating projects and three process efficiency initiatives.


Firmenich has participated in the CDP Supply Chain Climate Change reporting program for seven years. In FY16, we achieved a perfect score of 100A in the CDP Supplier Climate A List. For the second consecutive year, CDP nominated us as a Global Leader for Corporate Action in mitigating climate change as a result of our leading environmental management and transparent information disclosure. This year, CDP named Firmenich the Best Supply Chain Responder in Switzerland out of 20 Swiss companies.

CDP ranked our company among the top 2% of suppliers assessed for excellence in greenhouse gas management. This honor reinforces our leadership position and drives us to raise the bar in environmental management.


Our Scope 3 emissions have been calculated for selected sources (see table below). Firmenich is considering how to achieve further Scope 3 emissions reduction in future years.

1. CO2e is based on CO2, N2O and CH4 emissions data
2. Based on purchase data for transportation
3. 89% of total waste mass accounted for
4. Based on business air travel only. Coverage has increased from 88% in FY15 to 90% in FY16
5. Based on the number of employees and on average travel distance
6. Downstream transportation and distribution data for FY15 was recalculated from 30,072 to 37,093
7. Waste generated in operations data for FY15 was recalculated from 11,896 to 11,879


In 2016, Firmenich set a new target to eliminate R22 (HCFC-22) refrigerants by 2020. This exceeds the requirements of the R22 phase-out planned under the Montreal Protocol.

Atmospheric releases from refrigerant gases, along with other ozone-depleting substances, continue to deplete upper atmosphere ozone. R22 use is being phased out globally due to the compound’s ozone depletion potential and high global warming potential. We have implemented initiatives to reduce R22 use by 2020, including using less damaging refrigerant in equipment upgrades and new installations. Currently 32% of our Level 1 manufacturing sites have reported that they are R22-free. Since this is the first year we are taking a detailed inventory of our R22 use, comparisons with previous years are not available.

Case Studies


The Firmenich flavor facility in Norway processes raw seafood materials to create seafood extracts and flavors. In 2015, in partnership with our supplier, we replaced the original diesel-powered processing and drying facilities with new hydroelectric-powered equipment. This saved 450 tonnes of diesel corresponding to the emission of approximately 1,442 tonnes of CO2 a year.


Our production sites and laboratories in Belgium (Louvain-la-Neuve) and France (Paris, Castets and Grasse) currently operate a range of chiller, refrigeration, freezer, and air conditioning units. Over the past few years, management teams have been proactively eliminating R22, in advance of the European Union phase-out mandate. Our Paris and Castets facilities are now R22-free and our sites in Belgium and Grasse will be free of R22 by the end of calendar year 2016.
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