We continue to report progress on the energy efficiency of our operations every year and aim to increase energy efficiency by 15% by 2025.
Reducing our carbon footprint through increased energy efficiency of our process equipment, steam boilers, and lighting is the most sustainable and effective path to achieve carbon neutrality in our direct operations.
Firmenich has achieved two important green and healthy building certifications. Our new Studio Guangzhou achieved LEED GOLD and WELL GOLD certifications during this past year. Areas evaluated include water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and more. The gold standard achievements demonstrate our commitment to our colleagues and our business in the essential areas of sustainability and serve as a showcase example for our future projects.
Urgent and concerted global action is needed to address climate change. As such, we aim to lead our industry towards carbon neutrality in our direct operations by 2025 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2039.