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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 FY17, we reduced our CO2 emissions by 4.7% vs. FY16, and by 9.3% vs. our FY15 baseline, and we are well on the way to achieving our 2020 goal. Sixty-one per cent of the electricity used at our Level 1 sites is from renewable sources – a 19% increase vs. FY15. With two U.S. manufacturing sites (Port Newark and Princeton) recently signing renewable electricity contracts, we now operate seven plants solely with renewable electricity. We are well on our way to achieving our 2020 CO2 emission and renewable energy goals.


We have participated in the CDP Supply Chain Climate Change reporting program for eight years. In 2016, we achieved a “Leadership A” climate change ranking and, for the third consecutive year, CDP listed Firmenich on the Supplier Climate A List, which identifies the company as a world leader in taking action against climate change.

This year, we were also awarded the distinction of being CDP’s Supply Chain leader (#1 position) in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. CDP also ranked Firmenich among the top 2.5% of suppliers assessed for excellence in greenhouse gas management.

These achievements and honors reflect our deep commitment to environmental management and motivate us to continually improve our efforts to mitigate climate change.


We have made a commitment to setting science-based targets (SBTs) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The consensus in the scientific community is that these ambitious reduction targets – to keep global warming well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures – are necessary to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.

We are working with external specialists to model our emissions and set goals that will reduce our absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 69% by 2050. While the targets are ambitious, we are already on track to cut GHG emissions by 20% by 2020. We are also engaging with suppliers to address emissions in our value chain.

When we purchase electricity, we seek vendors with the ability to supply electricity from 100% renewable sources. Contracts have already been signed for our sites in Alesund, Norway; Thirsk, UK; Geneva, Switzerland (2 sites); Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; Princeton and Port Newark, New Jersey, U.S. We are actively exploring similar opportunities around the world.


Our Scope 3 emissions (from purchased raw materials, downstream transportation and distribution, operational waste, business travel, and commuting) were 667,658 tonnes of CO2e in FY17, an 8% change from FY16. Approximately half of this increase is due to a change in methodology.

Case Study: Biomass Boiler in Dahej, India

We are currently constructing a renewable solid fuel boiler to replace the gas-fired boilers at our plant in Dahej, India. This is scheduled for completion in December 2017. The boiler will burn briquettes made from agricultural waste (lentil, rice husks, etc.), and is considered to have zero reportable Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions, according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

We estimate the project will reduce our reportable CO2 footprint by 2,800 tonnes per year. This is approximately 2% of our global Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions (FY15 base year).

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