Firmenich has announced its membership of RE100, a global initiative to promote the switch to renewable power sources. The flavours and fragrance manufacturer also announced that it has reached its target of 100 percent renewable power for its manufacturing sites across Europe and the US and is on course to reach its 2020 target of 100 percent renewable power worldwide.

“With all of our manufacturing sites in the US and Europe currently 100 percent powered by renewable electricity, I am confident we will reach our goal of 100 percent for all our sites worldwide by 2020,” said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO Firmenich. “It is critical that business partners together to tackle climate change with a sense of urgency, which is why we have joined RE100 and the 160 world-class companies committed to driving the world’s economy towards sustainability.”

“In 2018, 78 percent of our global electricity came from renewable sources, and we are on our way to reach 90 percent of renewable electricity globally in 2019,” added Jane Sinclair, Head of Legal & Compliance and General Counsel, Firmenich. “Our teams are fully dedicated to fighting the urgent climate crisis and scaling up our actions with other like-minded companies in the RE100 initiative.”

“By joining RE100 and committing to source 100 percent renewable electricity by 2020, Firmenich is proving that it’s possible for big businesses to set ambitious targets that speed up the global transition to clean energy,” said Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group. “This is the kind of corporate climate leadership that will help us stay below 1.5 degrees global warming and deliver a robust, sustainable economy.”