L'Oreal USA Joins Department of Energy's Better Buildings, Better Plants Program

Leading Beauty Company Announces New Energy Efficiency Commitment in the U.S.

Feb 23, 2016, 11:00 ET from L'Oreal USA

NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- L'Oreal USA today announced that it has joined the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants Program as the company continues its dedication to improving its energy efficiency. L'Oreal USA has pledged to improve its energy intensity by 25 percent over the next 10 years, which will ensure that the company strengthens its competitiveness while reducing its impact on the environment.

Through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program L'Oreal USA will have its energy performance monitored and will gain access to the DOE's energy analytics and experts to identify new opportunities for energy savings. In turn, by participating, L'Oreal USA can share key insights and best practices with the DOE for the greater benefit of manufacturers nation-wide. To date the Better Buildings, Better Plants program encompasses 160 companies and has generated over $2.4 billion cumulatively in energy cost savings.

Joining the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program is an important facet in L'Oreal USA's plan to achieve its carbon-reduction targets by 2020 as established under the company's global Sharing Beauty with All sustainability program. Launched in 2013, Sharing Beauty with All outlines L'Oreal's commitment to produce, develop and innovate sustainably.  By 2020, the company pledges to reduce CO2 emissions at its plants and distribution centers by 60% in absolute terms, from a 2005 baseline. L'Oreal has already succeeded in reducing its CO2 emissions by 50.2% worldwide at end 2014, with L'Oreal USA attaining -58%.    

"L'Oreal USA's commitment to energy-efficient manufacturing practices is ambitious and signals our resolve to lead as a low-carbon business," said Frederic Roze, CEO of L'Oreal Americas. "We are dedicated to pursuing even greater energy savings across all of our facilities which will have a positive environmental impact in the communities in which we live and work, while also benefiting our operations and bottom line."

L'Oreal USA has already made great strides in reducing its energy consumption in recent years. Its facilities, which are almost all certified with ISO-14001 standards, have implemented a multitude of measures to improve their energy consumption, ranging from LED lighting to high-efficiency air compressors & vacuum pumps.  L'Oreal USA's leadership in energy efficiency has been recognized by the Alliance to Save Energy who awarded the company its 2015 Star of Energy Efficiency Award.

"L'Oreal's commitment establishes the company as a leader in industrial energy efficiency and helps advance the nation's progress towards a sustainable clean-energy future," said Dr. Mark Johnson, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office in DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

For more information on L'Oreal USA's sustainability commitment, visit http://www.sharingbeautywithall.com/

L'Oreal USA is the largest subsidiary of the L'Oreal Group, the worldwide leader in beauty. L'Oreal USA manages a portfolio of more than 30 iconic beauty brands, including Carol's Daughter, Clarisonic, Essie, Garnier, Giorgio Armani Beauty, Kérastase, Kiehl's, Lancôme, L'Oreal Paris, Matrix, Maybelline New York, NYX, Redken, Urban Decay and Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. In addition to its corporate headquarters in New York City, L'Oreal USA has research, manufacturing and distribution facilities across 13 other states including Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Washington with a workforce of more than 10,000 employees. L'Oreal USA also strongly favors renewable energy and was named one of the Top 25 US companies for solar capacity (according to the SEIA Solar Means Business 2015 Report). For more information, visit www.LorealUSA.com or follow on Twitter @LOrealUSA.