Ecolab to Follow U.N. Carbon Emission Recommendations
Ecolab Inc. announced that it will align its operations and supply chain to the U.N. Global Compact’s Business Ambition for 1.5⁰C and will work to reduce its carbon emissions by half by 2030 and to net-zero by 2050.
An official company announcement said Ecolab is committed to doing its part in limiting the rise of global temperatures to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) or less above pre-industrial levels, the limit deemed necessary by the United Nations to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.
To help meet its commitment, Ecolab will:
- Move to 100% renewable energy in its global operations. In 2018, the company signed a virtual power purchase agreement that will cover 100% of its electricity needs in North America once the wind farm it is helping to finance comes online in 2020. Today, 99.4% of Ecolab’s electricity in Europe comes from renewable sources
- Expand energy efficiency projects at Ecolab plants, office buildings, and operations around the world
- Move to electrify its fleet of service vehicles
- Work with supply chain partners to adopt similarly ambitious climate goals.
The U.N. Global Compact, a group of more than 9,500 companies collaborating to foster more sustainable ways of doing business, launched the Business Ambition for 1.5⁰C in 2019 to spur companies to do their part in achieving this goal. As of December 4, 2019, 140 companies have joined the Business Ambition for 1.5⁰C.