SWITZERLAND – The Swiss flavor and fragrance company, Firmenich has announced that it has achieved 100% renewable electricity for all its operations globally ahead of schedule.

In 2015, the flavor house set an industry-leading goal to source 100% of our electricity from renewables by the end of 2020.

The group’s transition to green power was supported by RE100, a global initiative of the most influential companies committed to 100% renewable power led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP.

The achievement also builds on Firmenich’s second consecutive CDP Triple A ranking for Climate Change, Water and Forests, which it received at the CDP Awards Ceremony in Paris, France.

“I am proud that Firmenich is the first in our industry to ensure that all our operations worldwide are powered by 100% renewable electricity,” said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO Firmenich.

“Present in more than 100 markets, with 39 plants worldwide, we are always open to sharing best practice on how ambitious, science-based targets can drive real progress against climate change.”

As an RE100 member, Firmenich said that it reached 100% renewable electricity consumption in all markets where it is currently possible to locally source renewable electricity in accordance with RE100 strict technical criteria.

To achieve this, the ingredients supplier noted that it purchased renewable grid electricity and collaborated with suppliers and governments to develop local availability of green power, including onsite solutions such as wind power and solar.

“I am delighted that we have achieved this milestone of 100%, on our journey to carbon neutrality,” commented Neil McFarlane, Senior VP Quality, Health, Safety & Environment, Firmenich.

“This performance is a testament to our teams’ extraordinary commitment to addressing the climate emergency and reducing emissions throughout our value chain.”

Using 100% renewable electricity supports the Group’s science-based targets aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

Firmenich has committed to reducing absolute Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 55% and Scope 3 emissions from raw materials by 20% by 2030.

The company has decoupled its growth from its CO2 emissions, with manufacturing output up 18% and emissions down by 30% since 2015. 

Firmenich is also one of the founding members of the “Business Ambition for 1.5C”, a broad coalition of 191 visionary companies committed to a net-zero carbon future by no later than 2050, including Unilever, Danone, Nestlé and L’Oréal.