November 10, 2023. The L’Oréal Group signed a contract with Gás Verde, from Urca Energia, to acquire 3.6 million cubic meters (around 10,000 m3/day) of biomethane. The renewable fuel will supply 100% of the cosmetics company’s dedicated fleet, replacing compressed natural gas (CNG).
The supply will be made at the L’Oreal Gaia Distribution Center, in Jarinu, São Paulo. It will be the first in the cosmetics segment to use biomethane in its entire dedicated fleet, according to the company.
The start of supply is scheduled for the first quarter of 2024. The biomethane will come from the Gás Verde plant, in Seropédica (Rio de Janeiro), using CNG trailers.
By switching from compressed gas to biomethane, L’Oréal expects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its dedicated operation by 94%, compared to 2021. The company aims to reduce total CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030 in transportation, compared to 2016.
Gás Verde currently produces renewable gas from the treatment of urban solid waste from the Seropédica Landfill (RJ), but has plans to more than quadruple its production.
After the acquisition of ENC Energy, Gás Verde added eight biogas thermal plants to its portfolio and has plans to convert them to biomethane production – and thus reach 580 thousand m3/day of renewable gas by 2026.