The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Goal: Reduce Emissions


Climate Ambition

Climate change is one of the most serious threats the world faces and tackling it requires concerted, collaborative and sweeping efforts. ACI recognizes that bold action is needed – by everyone. We all have a role to play, and we know that we need to do more in order to limit global temperature increase.

Goal: Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the cleaning products value chain as part of our industry’s collective efforts to confront climate change.

Effective climate action is needed on many fronts, including supporting customers to be environmentally conscious; creating innovative, low impact products; and driving down manufacturing GHG emissions.


Climate science signals that if the world does not act now to decarbonize, the consequences could be devastating for communities, businesses and even entire countries. We recognize the need to hold global average temperature increases in line with the scientific consensus and we acknowledge our industry’s responsibility to play our part. 

The ambition we are striving for is to achieve net zero industry carbon emissions.


As an industry, we are committed to reducing GHG within the manufacturing of cleaning products as well as both upstream in our supply chain and downstream to product use. 

Reducing absolute GHG emissions within operations and product manufacturing.  

  • By 2023, 80% of cleaning product manufacturers1 have set science-based GHG reduction targets, including scope 3 emissions, and are reporting progress.
  • By 2030, measurable progress2 toward achievement of identified targets. 

Working with supply chain partners, reduce upstream GHG emissions and transition to low-carbon transportation. 

  • By 2025, 80% of supply chain3 has set science-based GHG reduction targets and is reporting progress.  
  • By 2030, measurable progress2 toward achievement of identified targets. 

Enhance climate resilience by restoring, conserving or creating natural climate solutions that store carbon and aid in sequestration. 

  • By 2025, all ACI companies achieve commitments for traceable and deforestation-free paper, soy, palm oil and palm oil derivatives. 
  • By 2040, residual industry emissions balanced with natural climate solutions.

Through support of policy and collaborations with external stakeholders, minimize emissions from cleaning product use.

  • By 2035, achieve a 100% renewable4/clean U.S. electricity grid.

1.5°C Challenge

At ACI, we have been considering our role in supporting the outlined roadmap and driving the industry forward toward our climate ambition. As a first step, we think it is important to send a clear signal to our industry as to what leadership looks like in the space of climate action. Therefore, ACI has challenged our members to raise ambitions and act on climate now. 

In alignment with many external stakeholders, our expectation is that companies in the cleaning products industry and supporting supply chain align their corporate climate strategy and targets with the 1.5°C ambition, which strives to reach net-zero global emissions by 2050.

Below are the commitments being made by companies across the cleaning products industry. 

Companies Commitments:

1 As represented by ACI membership base of cleaning products manufacturers
2 Progress consistent with global emissions reduction target of at least 50% by 2030
3 As represented by ACI membership base of suppliers
4 Energy from a source that is not depleted when used, such as wind or solar power
  • CDP

    Climate Leadership Demonstrated by CDP A-Listers

    Nonprofit CDP runs a global disclosure system that helps companies manage their environmental impacts by measuring and understanding them. Every year, CDP names businesses leading on environmental performance to the annual A List. In 2020, CDP recognized more than 277 corporations, including our members BASF, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Corbion, EcolabFirmenich, GivaudanInternational Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), Kao Corporation, L’Oréal, Sekisui and Unilever. Firmenich, Kao Corporation, L’Oréal and Symrise stand out with their ‘A’ designation across all three CDP performance areas of Climate Change, Water Security and Forests.

  • Science-Based Targets

    Setting Targets That Support the Global Climate Goal

    Targets adopted by companies to reduce GHG emissions are considered “science-based” if they are in line with what the latest climate science says is necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.

    The Science Based Targets Initiative is leading the charge in championing and institutionalizing science-based targets  within businesses. The initiative has over 611 companies committed to taking action and has approved 232 science-based targets for GHG emissions reductions.

    These commitments highlight a desire to not stop at what is easily achievable, but to help ensure a company is doing at least what is necessary to meet the global goal. To date, 19 of our members have approved targets as part of this initiative: ClariantThe Clorox Company, Colgate-Palmolive, Corbion, EcolabFirmenich, Givaudan, Henkel, IFF, Kao CorporationL’Oréal, P&G, ReckittSekisui, Seventh Generation, NovozymesSymrise, Unilever and Veolia. Seven additional member companies – Arkema, Ashland, , Croda, Galaxy Surfactants Limited, SolvayTakasago and Univar – are seeking approval of their science-based targets.

  • RE100

    Driving to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

    Switching worldwide electricity consumption to renewables is transforming the global energy market and accelerating the transition to a clean economy. As part of The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative, more than 290 companies have made a public commitment to go “100% renewable.” This includes eleven of our members – Corbion, EcolabFirmenich, Givaudan, IFF, NovozymesP&G, Reckitt, Sekisui Chemical Group and Unilever – all of whom have set goals to power their operations from renewable sources within specified timeframes.

  • Cold Water Saves

    Use Phase GHG Reductions Are Everyone's Business

    About 90 percent of the energy used by a washing machine during the laundry goes toward heating the water. But new product innovations mean a laundry cycle can now be done using cold water with no loss of performance, greatly reducing energy use.

    The difference to the planet is huge. If each household used cold water for four out of every five wash loads, they would reduce their annual CO2 emissions by 864 pounds – that’s the equivalent of planting more than one-third of an acre of forest. If everyone made the same switch, the overall reduction would be vast.

    Cold Water Saves, ACI’s joint effort with The Sustainability Consortium, has grown awareness among college students of the benefits of lower temperature washing. Two ACI companies are going above and beyond this effort to set bold goals in this space. P&G has set a goal to have 70 percent of all global washing machine loads conducted on a low-energy cycle by 2020, while Seventh Generation has set a target of having all consumer clothes washing in cold water, also by 2020.