Swiss fragrance and flavour company Firmenich has joined RE100 and committed to using 100% renewable electricity for its operations by 2020.

RE100 is a collaborative initiative spearheaded by the London-based non-profit organisation Climate Group in partnership with ‘CDP’.

The initiative encourages and supports influential businesses to become 100% reliant on renewable power.

Currently, Firmenich’s manufacturing sites in the US and Europe are all operating with 100% renewable electricity.

Firmenich CEO Gilbert Ghostine said: “With all of our manufacturing sites in the US and Europe currently 100% powered by renewable electricity, I am confident we will reach our goal of 100% for all our sites worldwide by 2020.

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“It is critical that business partners together to tackle climate change with a sense of urgency, which is why we have joined RE100.”

“It is critical that business partners together to tackle climate change with a sense of urgency, which is why we have joined RE100 and the 160 world-class companies committed to driving the world’s economy towards sustainability.”

By joining RE100, Firmenich joins more than 160 major businesses, including Google, Lego, Apple and NIKE.

In 2015, Firmenich outlined its Environmental Goals for 2020, as well as its vision to become a carbon neutral company.

Additionally, Firmenich is targeting a 20% reduction in absolute carbon emissions and a 25% decrease in water use in water-stressed areas.

The Climate Group RE100 head Sam Kimmins said: “By joining RE100 and committing to source 100% renewable electricity by 2020, Firmenich is proving that it’s possible for big businesses to set ambitious targets that speed up the global transition to clean energy.

“This is the kind of corporate climate leadership that will help us stay below 1.5°C global warming and deliver a robust, sustainable economy.”