Symrise announced yesterday that it became a member of the global initiative RE100. By joining RE100, the fragrance and flavoring manufacturer from Holzminden has committed to completely obtaining its energy from renewable sources by 2025. The membership is a new component in a comprehensive strategy for climate protection and sustainability.

“Symrise wants to exclusively use energy from renewable sources around the world by 2025 – that is our clear goal,” says Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer at Symrise. “We are setting an example through our membership in the RE100 initiative.”

RE100 is a global initiative with more than 190 large companies from different sectors, including furniture group Ikea, beverage manufacturer Carlsberg and insurer Swiss Re. All members must set a deadline by which they want to obtain 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources – with the limit here being 2050. The progress of the journey toward this goal must be documented in an annual report.

Symrise operates numerous production facilities for about 30,000 products as well as development centers, labs and offices in more than 40 countries around the world.

Its energy consumption in 2018 amounted to 5,413 terra joules. This is an amount that demands a greater responsibility for the environment. So, company has invested strongly in its energy efficiency and renewable energies over the past few years. Last year, the Group began obtaining CO2 certificates of origin in Germany, therefore greening all the energy it bought.

According to the company, 98 percent of Symrise production sites have already been certified according to these sustainability criteria. Furthermore, 69 percent of the company’s manufacturing sites (in terms of production volume) are ISO 14001 certified – a globally accepted standard for environmental management systems.

“But we are not stopping there, because programs to achieve eco-efficiency today have the highest priority in society. This is reflected in our current materiality analysis, in which we describe the strategic weighting of our sustainability goals through our company and its stakeholders.” says Dr. Helmut Frieden, Corporate Sustainability Symrise AG.