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Climate Leadership

The need to address climate change and water scarcity has only grown more urgent, and it is increasingly clear that the window for action is limited. Now is the time for our world to move from commitments to measurable action and demonstrable progress.



Advancing Our Resilience
to Climate Change

For nearly a century, Ecolab’s unique value proposition has been helping customers achieve their business and cleanliness goals in a more sustainable way. That result is achieved today through solutions that reduce customer water and energy use, and therefore greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We are committed to continuous efforts to reduce GHG emissions in our own and our customers' operations.


Our Ambitious Goals

50%
Emissions

Halve Absolute
Scope 1 and 2 emissions
by 2030, from a
2018 base year

 


Net-Zero
Emissions

Reach net-zero emissions across our value chain while reducing absolute Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 90% by 2050, from a 2018 base year

 


Scope 3
Emissions

Work with suppliers representing 70% of
Scope 3 emissions* to set similarly ambitious carbon targets aligned with the science-based target methodology by 2024

Carbon
Neutral

Help customers become carbon neutral by reducing GHG emissions by 6 million metric tons
by 2030, preventing
nearly 10 million
pollution-related illnesses


*Covering purchased goods and services, capital goods, upstream transportation and distribution, business travel, and downstream transportation and distribution 

See Our 2030 Impact Goals

Making Measurable Progress Toward a Net-Zero Future

To meet our ambitious operational goals, we use a combination of tactics supported by science-based strategies. This means:

  • Increasing energy efficiency to reduce emissions within our manufacturing and business operations
  • Using renewable electricity sources
  • Electrifying our fleet of service vehicles
  • Partnering with suppliers to reduce their emissions
  • Evolving our Scope 3 accounting tools and methodology to shift away from an economic-based allocation method
  • Continuing to develop innovative programs that reduce water and energy use for our customers
  • Uniting with external partners on nature-based solutions to combat climate change and water scarcity


Climate Leadership Highlights

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Investment in Renewable Energy

The low carbon-developed wind farm in Finland will increase Ecolab’s global renewable energy sourcing to nearly 80%.

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Global Network
to Accelerate Impact

Employee-led community group that will work to accelerate Ecolab’s growth and impact on environmental sustainability issues.

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Advancing Sustainability
Necessary for the Planet

Ecolab has been named the #3 Most Sustainable Company in the U.S. and recognized for the fifth consecutive year by Barron’s.

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High Marks
For Net-Zero Efforts

Prominent nonprofit ranks Ecolab as one of only three companies making significant strides toward net-zero commitments.


2021 Milestones and Achievements

28%

reduction in Scope
1 and 2 GHG emissions,
from 2018 base year

69%

of our electric power came from renewable sources

in 2020

6.5%

of our suppliers have
science-based targets or have set goals aligned with the science-based target methodology

66%

of new technologies
launched in 2021
contributed to positive energy and carbon impacts



Our Partnerships

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UN Business Ambition for 1.5˚C
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Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)