Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned perfume and taste company, announced that all its operations worldwide1 are now powered by 100% renewable electricity.

For the first time in the industry, this significant milestone builds on Firmenich’s second consecutive CDP Triple A for Climate Change, Water and Forests, which the company received yesterday at the CDP Awards Ceremony in Paris.

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

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

“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.”

An RE100 member, Firmenich reached 100% renewable electricity1 consumption ahead of schedule in all markets where it is currently possible to locally source renewable electricity in accordance with RE100 strict technical criteria. The Group 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 energy.

“Congratulations to Firmenich – by achieving 100% renewable electricity, they have shown that it’s possible for big businesses to deliver on ambitious targets that speed up the global transition to clean energy,” said Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100 at The Climate Group.

Neil McFarlane, Senior VP Quality, Health, Safety & Environment, Firmenich said: “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 is 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.