Many scientists, as well as environmental and conservation organizations, agree that climate change is one of the greatest environmental issues today. Numerous factors contribute to climate change, from fossil fuel use to the burning and clearing of tropical forests. Understanding the role companies can play in addressing this issue, Avon became one of the first beauty companies to prioritize a focus on the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through its operations. This commitment began in 1994 when Avon joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Lights program and retrofitted many U.S. manufacturing and distribution sites with energy-efficient lighting.
Avon aspires to achieve zero emissions by using 100 percent clean energy, and on the journey to this goal the company is proud to have achieved a leadership position in our industry in absolute GHG emission reductions.
The Avon Green Building Promise contributes to the downward trend in energy and GHG emissions since it commits Avon to LEED (or local equivalent) certification for all new construction or major renovations. Facilities in Brazil, China, Colombia, US and UK are among those at “Gold” or higher levels.
Avon's GHG emission estimates are compiled by First Environment, an independent environmental management consultant that is a leader in the GHG field. First Environment is a signatory to the CERES principles (Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies) and also maintains ISO 14001 certification.
In 2012, Avon’s global manufacturing facilities reduced GHG emissions per unit produced by 20% from 2011 levels, which represents a 41% reduction from our 2005 baseline levels.
In 2012, GHG emissions from Avon operations decreased 13% from 2011 levels and 25% from 2005 baseline levels.
Absolute Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) from global manufacturing and branch operations have been reduced by 25 percent from 2005 baseline levels, which represents a leadership position in the industry. Also using 2005 as the baseline year, emissions on a per unit basis saw a 41 percent reduction, exceeding Avon’s target of 25 percent reduction per unit.
Understanding that 75 percent of total energy usage in the world today is from buildings, Avon continues to focus on energy conservation best practices and implementation of cost saving projects to drive an overall reduction.
Total energy consumption at Avon’s manufacturing facilities in 2012 decreased by 223,837 MM BTU from 2011 levels – 971,867 MM BTU to 748,030 MM BTU – representing a 23 percent reduction year over year and a 31 percent decrease from 2005 levels.
Avon will continue to focus on energy efficiency as a critical measure for achieving the company's 10-year GHG emissions reduction strategy. New facilities that are LEED certified help drive this goal, and for existing facilities the company has implemented energy best practices under the leadership of engineering and environmental teams worldwide. These teams continue to seek or develop additional opportunities, such as renewable and clean energy sources; replacing older, less energy-efficient equipment; and utilizing energy meters to better understand consumption patterns and identify new reduction opportunities.