MILAN — L’Oréal Italia is introducing a “zero emissions” project to eliminate carbon dioxide output from its Settimo Torinese facility, based in Italy’s Piedmont region, by using solely renewable sources.

The plant — L’Oréal’s largest worldwide in terms of units produced, will rely on a biomass plant, the local district-heating and cooling network plus a heat-concentration system using solar panels to make it energy self-sufficient. As a result, the neighboring community is to see 7,800 fewer tons of carbon dioxide emitted annually.

The plan results from the collaboration among L’Oréal Italia, the municipality of Settimo Torinese and Pianta, an energy-saving company owned by Settimo Torinese.

“In Settimo we have already achieved considerable environmental sustainability goals,” stated Giorgina Gallo, president and chief executive officer of L’Oréal Italia. She described the facility’s exclusive reliance on renewable energy as “a new challenge.”

The zero emissions project is part of L’Oréal’s environmental plan introduced in 2005 that involves halving the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2015 and is also in compliance with the Kyoto and Durban agreements.

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