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CO2 and Energy

We are well on track with our 2020 goal to reduce our absolute Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 20% and to obtain 100% of electricity for Level 1 sites from renewable sources or offsets.

Pursuing our goal of obtaining 100% electricity for Level 1 sites from renewable sources or offsets by 2020, we made it to 78% this year, with all our European manufacturing sites already operating with 100% renewable electricity.

During the last year, we achieved a reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions of 3% compared to FY17 and 12.1% compared to our FY15 baseline.


Our environmental targets are based on robust climate science, aligned with the scientific community’s consensus that global warming must be stabilized at well below 2°C. With this in mind, in our second submission to the Science-Based Targets Initiative in April 2018, we sought official validation of our methodology, in response to feedback on the ambition, boundaries and time frame of our targets shared the previous year. With our most recent submission, we commit to reducing absolute Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 39% by 2030 from a FY15 baseline. In addition, Firmenich commits to reducing absolute Scope 3 emissions from raw material suppliers by 20% by 2030 from a FY17 baseline.


100% of our European manufacturing sites solely rely on renewable electricity and in FY18, 78% of our electricity worldwide came from renewable sources or offsets. In FY18, our Anaheim and Lakeland, U.S. sites expanded their onsite solar energy capacity. In Dahej, India, a 10 KW wind-turbine generator was installed in FY18 and a third bank of solar panels will be installed and should be operational in FY19. Over the past two years, ten of our facilities signed renewable energy contracts. In countries where renewable energy is limited or unavailable, we look at other approaches, including carbon offsetting.


We were recognized by Ambition Négawatt, Geneva’s leading energy provider’s annual award, as one of the top five companies in Geneva that delivered the greatest energy reductions this year, as we cut our consumption by 1 GWh, enough electricity to power 335 households in Geneva for an entire year.


The refrigerant gas R22 (a type of hydrochlorofluorocarbon) contributes to ozone depletion and the Montreal Protocol states that its use must be phased out by 2030. We aim to do this much sooner and eliminate R22 from our entire manufacturing process by 2020. During FY18, we replaced or upgraded 68 refrigeration units across eight locations. Even though the number of R22-free sites did not change in FY18, we are still on track towards our 2020 goal. As we install the new systems, we also aim to drive higher energy efficiency at these sites. Examples of actions include retiring large process chillers in Kunming, China, and in Lakeland, Florida, U.S., and replacing smaller heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units at several other sites.


At our manufacturing site in Dahej, India, the site’s biomass steam boiler is generating steam from renewable agricultural waste, including peanut shells, powering manufacturing processes and reducing the use of natural gas and its associated emissions by 4,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. This represents about 3% of our global CO2 emissions.
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