The roof-mounted installation is projected to offset one-quarter of the plant’s electricity usage and will also reduce its carbon emissions by 570 metric tons annually. Additionally, the plant has implemented several other efficiency measures. These include its water consumption by 25% in 2010 and becoming the first L’Oreal Manufacturing Facility in the United States to have a certified Environmental Management System.
The New Jersey plant's solar plans follow the example provided by other L’Oreal plants from around the world that already employ solar technology in their manufacturing and operations. Solar systems can be found in facilities in India, Spain, Mexico and China.
L’Oreal’s partner in this latest renewable energy venture is GeoPeak Energy, a leading global renewable energy solutions provider with offerings that include solar, wind, and biomass.
This isn’t the cosmetic giant's first foray into the world of sustainability and efficiency; In 2009, the company announced targets that include 50% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, 50% reduction in water use per unit of finished product, and 50% reduction in waste generated per unit of finished product. All of these targets are to be achieved by 2015.
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