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Climate action

To truly enjoy better everyday health, the environment we live in must also be healthy. That’s why we’re taking positive steps to reduce our carbon footprint to help protect the health of the planet for all.

We’re working across the whole of our business to make climate-friendly changes – from how we run our factories and sites, to reducing the carbon footprint of our packaging and ingredients.

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Our goal is to reduce our net Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions (the direct emissions at our sites and from the energy we use) by 100%, and reduce our Scope 3 ‘source to sale’ carbon emissions by 42% by 2030. This goal aligns with the Science Based Targets initiative pathway to limit global warming to below 1.5⁰ C.   

We’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far – where feasible we’re switching to renewable energy to power our sites around the world. 

We’ve already installed solar power at 12 of our 24 manufacturing facilities, including sites in Cape Town, Nairobi and Jacarepaguá – and more are in the pipeline. In 2022, we will reach 100% renewable electricity across our operations through either the electricity we generate ourselves or by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates from suppliers. 

We launched a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) at our facility in Oak Hill, New York, which manufactures oral health products including Sensodyne and Sensodyne Pronamel for the North American market. We’re partnering with Ameresco Solar Energy Solutions to supply Oak Hill with 70% of its electricity from a new, dedicated off-site solar park. This is designed to reduce the site’s carbon footprint by 60%.

At Dungarvan in Ireland, one of our largest manufacturing sites, we’re using sustainably sourced woodchip to supply 77% of the electricity needed for heating, resulting in an over 30% reduction in the site’s carbon emissions. 

Over half (53%) of our carbon footprint is driven by the ingredients, packaging and services we buy from suppliers to make our products. More than half (60%) of these carbon emissions come from 16 ingredients and packaging materials. 

So, we’re focusing here first, and taking a 3 Rs approach. We’re replacing materials with lower carbon footprint alternatives, reducing the amount of material we use and working with our suppliers to help them remediate the drivers of their carbon footprint and decarbonise as much as possible. Through Project Energize! we’re partnering with Schneider Electric and other companies to help our suppliers move out of fossil fuel generated energy into clean, renewable electricity.

These actions are part of our commitment to help tackle climate change and protect the health of the planet for all.