Hamburg - The skin care company Beiersdorf has reached an important milestone in its climate commitment for 2025: by the end of 2019, 100% of the electricity purchased worldwide will come from renewable energy sources.
Beiersdorf has been advancing in the reduction of its CO2 emissions for many years: water savings, waste avoidance, and energy-saving measures are integral parts of the company's sustainability agenda. By 2025, energy-related CO2 emissions per product manufactured should be reduced by 70% versus the base year 2014. A reduction of 59% was already achieved by the end of 2018.
At the recent UN Climate Conference in Madrid, Beiersdorf decided to raise its ambition in terms of climate targets. By signing the 'Business Ambition for 1.5-degreeC', the skin care company has committed itself to set more ambitious climate targets that are in line with the needed reduction paths defined by scientists to limit global warming to 1.5-degreeC by 2100. Next year, Beiersdorf intends to develop the new targets and have them acknowledged by the Science Based Targets initiative. At the UN Climate Conference in Madrid, the Science Based Targets initiative and the UN Global Compact called on companies around the globe to move ahead. Among the 177 companies that committed only five are German companies, Beiersdorf being one of them.
'Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time - and we as a company have a responsibility to counter global warming and its consequences,' explains Stefan De Loecker, Chairman of the Executive Board of Beiersdorf AG. 'At Beiersdorf, we are pursuing a clear sustainability agenda which ensures our contribution to climate protection. We have now signed the 'Business Ambition for 1.5-degreeC' initiative. This is our commitment to set ourselves even more ambitious targets in the future.'
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