Ecolab to Follow U.N. Carbon Emission Recommendations

December 10, 2019

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.



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