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Climate Leadership

Climate change must be treated with the urgency it demands, and we are committed to leading the way while supporting others who are doing their part. As we focus on building a positive future, that means turning net zero commitments into results.

Advancing Our Resilience to Climate Change

For more than 100 years, Ecolab has been helping customers achieve their business and hygiene goals in a more sustainable way. That result is achieved today through solutions that reduce customer water and energy use, and therefore greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We are committed to delivering positive outcomes for our customers, communities and the planet through our continuous efforts to reduce GHG emissions in our own and our customers’ operations.

Our Ambitious Goals


Halve Absolute
Scope 1 and 2 emissions
by 2030, from a
2018 base year


Reach net-zero emissions across our value chain while reducing absolute Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 90% by 2050, from a 2018 base year

Scope 3

Work with suppliers representing 70% of Scope 3 emissions* to set ambitious carbon targets aligned with the Science-Based Targets initiative methodology by 2024


Help customers become carbon neutral by reducing GHG emissions by 6 million metric tons by 2030, preventing nearly 10 million pollution-related illnesses

View Our 2030 Impact Goals

*Covering purchased goods and services, capital goods, upstream transportation and distribution, and business travel.

Making Measurable Progress Toward a Net-Zero Future

To meet our ambitious operational goals, we use a combination of tactics supported by science-based strategies. This means:

  • Continuing to develop innovative programs that reduce water and energy use for our customers
  • Increasing energy efficiency within our manufacturing and business operations
  • Using renewable electricity sources
  • Electrifying our fleet of service vehicles
  • Partnering with suppliers to set targets to reduce their emissions
  • Uniting with external partners on nature-based solutions to combat climate change and water scarcity

Climate Leadership Highlights

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Open Call to Accelerate Action on Water

At the 2023 UN Water Conference, we joined other private sector companies in a commitment to make a collective positive impact on 100 basins supporting over 3 billion people by 2030.

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Global Network to Accelerate Impact

Employee-led community group that will work to accelerate Ecolab’s growth and impact on environmental sustainability issues.

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Advancing Sustainability for the Planet

Ecolab has again been named to Corporate Knights’ index of the 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.

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High Marks For Net-Zero Efforts

Prominent nonprofit ranks Ecolab as one of only three companies making significant strides toward net-zero commitments.

2022 Milestones and Achievements


Reduction in Scope
1 and 2 GHG emissions,
from 2018 base year


Of our electric power came from renewable sources


Of our suppliers have science-based targets or have set goals aligned with the science-based target methodology

3.6 million

Metric tons of GHG emissions avoided through use of Ecolab solutions and services at customer sites

Our Partnerships

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UN Business Ambition for 1.5˚C

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Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)