HPBS helps L’Oréal reduce greenhouse gas emissions by applying advanced technologies to optimize energy consumption and digital building design approach.
In the Kaluga region, the company built new factory expansion in accordance with LEED and installed a solar power plant.
The global strategy of L’Oréal in the field of sustainable development is called Sharing Beauty with All and planned until 2020. One of the company’s key obligations is to reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Among other things, to achieve this goal, with the expansion of the L’Oréal plant in the industrial park of Vorsino in the Kaluga region, the company built a new workshop on the green building standard LEED and installed its own solar power plant that provides the facility with clean energy. The experience of L’Oréal proves that such initiatives are possible for implementation in the middle zone of Russia.
What is a “green” factory
The solar power plant in Vorsino was launched in September 2017. Today the plant consumes all the energy it produces. In total, 1476 solar panels are installed on the site, each of which produces up to 340 W. The station covers an area of 6800 square meters and has a capacity of 500 kW, which covers up to 10% of all the electricity consumed by the plant every year. The solar generation allows fulfilling L’Oréal’s global commitment to reduce CO2 emissions in production: since 2012 the plant in Vorsino has cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55%.
In 2017, the new workshop scored enough points to receive the “Gold” certificate LEED V.4. However, the company applied for the highest level of “Platinum” certification. In case of success, L’Oréal will be the first industrial facility in the world to receive the Platinum level for the most rigid system for certification – LEED of the fourth generation.
The building meets the high demands of energy and resource efficiency – from natural lighting to water saving, which is achieved, among other things, through the use of environmentally friendly materials. Particular attention is paid to technologies for water treatment. Thanks to the modernization of the local treatment facilities, the plant has achieved recycling of 70% of the water and aims to become a “dry” plant, increasing this figure to 95%. In addition, separate waste collection is organized on the territory of the factory, and those employees who bring their colleagues to work before the work are given the priority right to parking spaces.
The course to further reduce CO2
As part of the global strategy for sustainable development, L’Oréal plans to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 60% by 2020. The company believes that reducing the impact of enterprises on the environment can have a beneficial effect on the quality of life in the Kaluga region.