L’Occitane Group has unveiled a new science-based net-zero target, across all of its brands, as part of its ambitious climate strategy.
The company will continue to focus on reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2031, and on achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. These objectives have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
SBTi encourages companies to address the climate challenge in ways that are necessary to achieve the Paris Agreement goals.
Ambitious sustainability targets
“We are aiming to achieve ambitious targets with this commitment,” noted L’Occitane Group Chief Sustainability Officer Adrien Geiger. “Although our company has many options for transforming its production units, products and distribution, the creation of this low-carbon world requires us to develop solutions with our consumers and our partners.”
Accordingly, L’Occitane has created a three-pillar roadmap, prompted by the data collected covering all emission sources (direct and indirect), since the company’s initial carbon assessment in 2008.
The first pillar involves reducing emissions from energy consumption. More specifically, L’Occitane Group aims to halve GHG emissions generated by the energy consumption at its own sites (factories, warehouses and retail outlets), primarily through using renewable energies, together with improving energy efficiency. For context, in 2021, 95% of the electricity consumed came from renewable sources.
Pillar two centres around reducing shared-responsibility emissions. These are more complex, and relate to the sourcing, transport and use of products. This therefore involves finding solutions in collaboration with partners, suppliers and customers. L’Occitane Group also plans to eliminate air freight for the transport of its products by 2030.
In order to change and support consumer habits, the company has also become a member of the 50L Home coalition, which strives to encourage responsible water use. Product use represents a large part of the group’s GHG emissions due to users consuming hot water when rinsing products.
Lastly, pillar three involves conserving and restoring ecosystems to neutralise residual emissions by 2023. L’Occitane has been investing in projects to conserve and restore ecosystems to help with carbon sequestration since 2020. The group has already committed €45m via the Livelihoods Carbon Fund (LFC3) and the Climate Fund for Nature.
Read more about L’Occitane Group’s climate strategy here.