Ecolab Inc. announced that it will align its operations and supply chain to the U.N. Global Compact’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C and will work to reduce its carbon emissions by half by 2030 and to net-zero by 2050.
The company, which made the announcement via press release, says it is committed to doing its part in limiting the rise of global temperatures to 1.5°C (2.7 F) or less above pre-industrial levels, the limit deemed necessary by the U.N. to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.
“Climate change demands urgent action, and it’s absolutely critical that we accelerate our efforts to mitigate its impact,” says Ecolab chairman and CEO, Douglas M. Baker, Jr. “We don’t yet have all the answers as to how we’ll get to net-zero carbon emissions, but business needs to come together and create forward momentum. That’s why Ecolab is committing to 1.5°C.”
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. In addition to efforts within its own operations, Ecolab is helping companies throughout the world become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
In 2018, Ecolab helped customers conserve 188 billion gallons of water. Using water also takes a sizable amount of energy, and these water savings helped avoid 19 trillion BTUs of energy use and 1.1 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.