5 December 2021

Kao: Climate Neutral Operations in UK/Germany

Kao moves further along the path to becoming climate neutral in Europe; it successfully achieves climate neutral operations in both the UK and Germany.

Kao, a leading Japanese consumer goods manufacturer and one of the world’s largest suppliers of professional salon products including brands like Goldwell and other iconic beauty brands such as John Frieda and Molton Brown, announced that its production and administrative facilities in the UK and Germany will be climate neutral by 2022.

Whereas the UK facilities have already achieved this goal for the year 2021, the German operations will follow on January 1st, 2022. For this project, Kao has teamed up with ClimatePartner, a leading solution provider for corporate climate action. The collaboration is an addition to Kao’s longstanding commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.

Climate neutrality a strategic part of Kao’s plans

In recent years, Kao EMEA has applied a wide range of measures to pave the way towards climate neutral operations. Since 2014, all factories and owned offices in EMEA have used 100% renewable electricity. Furthermore, energy saving measures have been implemented resulting in a 31% reduction in energy consumption since 2010. Additionally, Kao has reduced its waste water volume by more than 12% since 2016; it has also completely switched to sustainably sourced paper (FSC certified) in 2015.

The next milestone in Kao’s strategy is the year 2025. Until then, the company plans to further reduce its carbon footprint in the EMEA region by continuing to cut water consumption. It will also install LED lights in its facilities, switch to low energy processing and reduce waste at production sites. Additionally, Kao is looking to certify selected brands and products as climate neutral. By 2030, the plan is to replace any fossil fuel heating with alternative heating technologies.

 “Becoming climate neutral in two key markets of the EMEA region is a big milestone for us on our way to zero CO2 emissions,” says Guido Kirchhoff, Vice President Supply Chain at Kao EMEA. “However, we do not stop here. Reducing our carbon footprint continues to be one of our key priorities at Kao; we are already planning the next steps to further minimize our emissions along the entire supply chain. The collaboration with ClimatePartner is a great support and will help us on our path to full climate neutrality for all EMEA branches of Kao.” 

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