L’Oréal USA announced today that it has received a 2017 Green Power Partner of the Year Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The company was one of only two organizations nationwide to be chosen as a 2017 Green Power Partner of the Year, which recognizes Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through their leadership, overall strategy and impact on the green power market. The award was presented at EPA’s annual Green Power Leadership Awards Luncheon to Jay Harf, Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability for L’Oréal Operations Americas. The awards ceremony was part of the 2017 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in New York, where the EPA recognizes America’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market.
“We are proud to be named the Green Power Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Frédéric Rozé, President and CEO of L’Oréal USA. “This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our U.S. Operations teams whose tireless efforts have allowed us to exceed our global carbon reduction goals, and to whom we credit for reaching 100% renewable electricity across all of our U.S. plants and distribution centers.”
L’Oréal USA is currently using 100% renewable electricity across its 21 U.S. manufacturing and distributions facilities. The more than 86 million kWh usage is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 8,000 average American homes annually. Additionally, L’Oréal USA ranks as No. 85 on EPA’s National Top 100 list, which highlights EPA Green Power Partners using the most renewable energy annually.
Through its global sustainability program, Sharing Beauty With All, L’Oréal is committed to reducing its environmental footprint, strengthening its positive social impacts and transforming how it operates, innovates, designs and manufactures its products. At the end of 2016, L’Oréal USA had already reduced its carbon emissions by 84 percent in absolute terms (from a 2005 baseline). In 2017, the company announced the completion of two large-scale commercial solar arrays at its Florence, Kentucky (1.4 MW) and North Little Rock, Arkansas (1.2 MW) manufacturing facilities, adding to the existing 15 solar and wind installations across the U.S. For more information on L’Oréal USA’s sustainability program and its Sharing Beauty With All objectives, commitments and achievements, please visit www.sharingbeautywithall.com.
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ABOUT L'ORÉAL USA
L'Oréal USA is the largest subsidiary of the L'Oréal Group, the world’s leading beauty company. L’Oréal USA manages a portfolio of more than 30 iconic beauty brands, including Garnier, Giorgio Armani Beauty, Kérastase, Lancôme, La Roche-Posay, L’Oréal Paris and Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. L’Oréal USA also serves as the international hub for the product development and marketing strategy for L’Oréal’s 16 American brands: Baxter of California, Carol’s Daughter, Clarisonic, Dermablend, Essie, IT Cosmetics, Kiehl’s, Matrix, Maybelline New York, Mizani, NYX Professional Makeup, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Softsheen-Carson, SkinCeuticals and Urban Decay. Generating more than $6 billion in sales annually, L’Oréal USA is committed to growth through sustainable innovation, driven by the company’s Sharing Beauty With All ambition for sustainable development across the Group’s value chain. The company is headquartered in New York City, employs more than 11,000 people, and operates administrative, research, manufacturing and distribution facilities across 14 states, including Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Washington. For more information, visit www.lorealusa.comor follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @LOrealUSA.
ABOUT EPA’S GREEN POWER PARTNERSHIP
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,400 Partners voluntarily using more than 43 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.
ABOUT THE GREEN POWER LEADERSHIP AWARDS
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership Awards with the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories: Green Power Partner of the Year; Sustained Excellence in Green Power; Direct Project Engagement; Excellence in Green Power Use; and Green Power Community of the Year. This program recognizes the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power market. The ceremony takes place at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. This year’s 19 recipients are using more than 13.4 billion kWh of green power—enough to power more than 1.2 million average American homes for a year. For additional information please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-leadership-awards.