L'Oréal USA uses more than 86 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which represents 96% of its total power needs. L'Oréal USA was one of the companies that showed the largest increase in green power use and that moved up the ranking most since the last update.
The GPP is a voluntary program of the US EPA to help increase the use of green power (i.e. zero-emissions electricity from renewable sources) among US organizations, so as to reduce the environmental impacts tied to conventional electricity use. Their National Top 100 list represents the largest green power users within their Partnership, combining for more than 34 billion kilowatt-hours annually.
This ranking is evidence of L'Oréal USA's accelerated transition to renewable energy across its operations. The company's first foray into solar energy was in 2011 with an installation at its Piscataway, NJ manufacturing facility. Over the last seven years, the company has developed sixteen solar installations, generating a total of 13.5 MW of energy and representing over 42 miles of solar panels. Nationwide, L'Oréal USA is now recognized as a leader in solar energy, and has been continuously named one of the top 25 companies for U.S. solar capacity by the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA).
"We are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for our green power use," said Jay Harf, vice president of environment, health, safety and sustainability. "By making the choice to use clean, renewable energy, our organization becomes more sustainable while also sending a message that using green power is a sound business decision and an important tool in reducing one's carbon footprint in the fight against climate change."
L'Oréal USA has favored as much onsite generation of green power as possible to help achieve its goal of 100% renewable electricity for its operations. Last October, L'Oréal USA announced large-scale, on-site solar projects for its two manufacturing plants in North Little Rock, Arkansas and Florence, Kentucky to be completed in 2017. These projects, alongside the purchase of locally-sourced renewable energy certificates, helped the company to achieve 100% renewable electricity for its U.S. manufacturing in 2016.
L'Oréal also appears on EPA's Long-term Green Power Contracts list, recognizing the company's 15-year contract to purchase green power. According to the U.S. EPA, L'Oréal's green power use of more than 86 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 8,000 average American homes annually.