L'Oréal Passion & Purpose - Episode 1, Claudio

At L’Oréal, we believe in our people. We believe that if we give them trust and a blank page, they can change the world. This is especially the case for the people passionate about sustainability. In this new web series Passion & Purpose, we go behind the scenes to tell the beautiful stories of the people working to make L’Oréal more sustainable. Meet Claudio, the Environmental Director at L’Oréal’s plant in Settimo Torinese, Italy. Claudio has worked at L’Oréal for over 25 years in a variety of different roles – always doing whatever he can to make sure the site is safe and environmentally friendly. Today, Settimo is one of L’Oréal’s most sustainable plants. It became carbon neutral in 2015 through a combination of photovoltaic solar panels and the use of a central biomass plant that creates energy from local agricultural resources. This means that the plant uses 100% renewable energy. In January 2018, the plant also became a ‘Dry Factory’ and today the only drinking water consumed is that used in the composition of products (ex: water as raw material) or for human consumption. 100% of the water used for manufacturing processes is from on-site recycled sources and reused in a closed loop. Find out more about what inspired Claudio to push further and go the extra mile.

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L'ORÉAL PRESENTS
Passion & Purpose Episode 1, Claudio
Settimo Torinese, Italy
My love of nature comes from my father and my grandfather.
This link with nature has been passed on
from generation to generation.
My grandfather farmed the land where L’Oréal is today.
So I have a very strong connection with this land.
It’s very important for me to preserve it.
I have been working at L’Oréal for over 25 years.
Today, I am the environmental director of our plant in Settimo.
I have always loved to imagine and create new things.
That’s why I became an engineer.
Moreover, what I immediately enjoyed at L’Oréal,
was the ability to test, to innovate, to take initiatives.
I can have a real impact.
At Settimo, we have been working for years
to make the plant more sustainable.
We installed 14,000 photovoltaic panels,
on the roof of the plant, or the equivalent of 7 football pitches.
For energy, we also have a biomass plant
which uses agricultural byproducts
produced within a 40km radius of the plant.
Since 2015, our plant produces zero CO2 emissions.
Another of our ambitions is optimizing water usage.
For years, we have been trying to reduce consumption for all uses.
We improved the purification system to obtain a closed circuit.
It was a huge job that took a lot of work.
Last year,
our factory became one of the first dry factories of the Group.
This year, we managed to save 38 million liters of water.
This is the average amount of water an Italian uses over the course
of around 500 years.
And we make some of this purified water available
to the district heating company,
which in turn heats thousands of homes.
At the start, every project is a dream.
There is no set formula.
I work with my colleague Gianfranco to imagine new prototypes.
We test new technologies,
with a whole phase of learning and experimentation.
Every day, I want to go further and help others.
And, just as my father did,
I want to pass on my love of nature to my children.