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Molton Brown owners achieve climate neutral status with UK operations

Camilla Rydzek
17 November 2021

Japanese consumer product company, which owns brands Molton Brown and John Frieda, has announced that its production and administrative facilities in the UK have reached the company's goal of being climate neutral.

The goal was achieved by introducing on-site measures in its own operations and through a partnership with climate solution provider ClimatePartner which offset the company's unavoidable emissions.

Kao's environmental efforts in the EMEA region have included using 100% renewable energy in offices and factories operated by the company, introducing energy saving measures and reducing its water volume and switching to FSC certified, sustainable paper.

The step to become climate neutral in the UK and Germany is part of Kao’s ESG strategy, the Kirei Lifestyle Plan, which also aims for the company to reduce its global CO2 emissions to zero by 2040.

Guido Kirchhoff, Vice President Supply Chain at Kao EMEA commented: “Becoming climate neutral in two key markets of the EMEA region is a big milestone for us on our way to zero CO2 emissions. However, we do not stop here. Reducing our carbon footprint continues to be one of our key priorities at Kao and we are already planning the next steps to further minimize our emissions along the entire supply chain. The collaboration with ClimatePartner is a great support and will help us on our path to full climate neutrality for all EMEA branches of Kao.”

The company's German operations will follow in the UK's footsteps on 1 January 2022, having also reached climate neutral status.

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