Energy: solar increasingly seductive

The initiatives are burgeoning at L'Oréal plants all over the globe, with examples in China, the USA and Canada.

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  • Auch in der L'Oréal Fabrik in Suzhou (China) werden Solarmodule genutzt

    Solar panels at the L’Oréal plant in Suzhou, China.

  • Die L'Oréal Fabrik in Montreal (Kanada) nutzt Solarwände, um so die kalte Luft von draußen vorzuheiz

    At the plant in Montreal, Canada, solar walls are used to preheat the cold outside air.

  • So sehen die Solarmodule aus, die auf dem Dach der L’Oréal Fabrik in Piscataway (USA) verwendet werd

    Solar panels on the roof of the L’Oréal plant in Piscataway in the United States.

  • At the plant in Burgos, Spain, solar panels are associated with other technologies such as biomass.

In each plant the project is tailored to its location and configuration


The Ychang plant in China has installed 2,000 solar tubes to preheat the water, thus permitting a 6% cut in its fuel consumption.

Spain’s Burgos plant, meanwhile, will be achieving carbon neutral status thanks to a major biomass project and is already using green technologies such as solar panels and biomass to heat one of its buildings.

À Pune, en Inde, l’usine exploite l’énergie solaire pour préchauffer l’eau de lavage, ce qui lui permet de diminuer de 7 % sa consommation totale d’énergie. Elle dispose déjà de 320 panneaux solaires répartis sur 970 m².

Another shining example of the group’s commitment to concrete environmental results comes from the United States, where Piscataway will soon have reduced its CO2 emissions by 60%: thanks to the installation of LED lighting and solar panels on the roofs of the site, it has achieved a reduction equivalent to 1,000 metric tons of CO2. At the Franklin site in New Jersey, where electrical consumption is lower than at the Piscataway factory, the solar panels should permit a 25% cut in CO2 emissions, equivalent to 1,700 fewer metric tons of CO2 in 2012.

In Montreal, solar walls are being used not to produce electricity but to preheat the cold air outside before distributing it within the buildings during the winter. One hundred metric tons of carbon are thus saved on heating, which previously came from the use of natural gas.

Key Figures

  • 320 solar panels spread over
  • sur 970 m2 at Pune in India
  • A 25 %reduction in CO2 emissions at Piscataway in the USA