P&G Taicang: 100% Wind Powered Beauty Plant Taicang, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China


Envisioned as a factory like a garden, the P&G manufacturing facility in Taicang, China demonstrates Cradle to Cradle® thinking by achieving a zero carbon footprint, water neutrality and eliminating landfill waste by 2015.

According to P&G’s 2013 Sustainability Report, the Taicang Beauty Plant is:

  • The first site within P&G to use 100% newly commissioned renewable electricity from a nearby wind farm, using 6 million kwh or the equivalent of 5,400 households in urban China. This eliminates over 5,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.
  • The first P&G plant in the world to achieve both LEED Gold certifications for administration buildings and Silver for manufacturing buildings.
  • The first P&G site to meet their zero manufacturing waste to landfill definition in China.

Design Strategies:

  • Constructed wetlands, permeable paving, bioswales, and vegetated roofs help retain water on the site and help reduce heat island effect.
  • Energy demand is optimized by passive means including maximizing solar orientation and through careful consideration of building massing and envelope.
  • Onsite active renewable sources include PV shading canopies and wind turbines, as well as Ground Source Geothermal and Solar Hot Water systems for the Admin building.

Creates Clean Water: by using natural systems capture, slow and cleanse rainwater. Building systems and manufacturing processes optimize potable water use and reuse process water. Reduced flows to the treatment system, combined with effective cleansing, allow the factory to release only clean water.

Increasing biodiversity and habitat: through intelligent plantings and wetland creation, which also serve to create a wonderful working environment. Ecosystem health is further supported by P&G’s partnership with (WWF), which is conducting studies to improve the health of nearby Lake Taicang.

“Taicang is the result of an intentional sustainability focus from the project onset. We have partners with international experts on sustainable design, [William McDonough + Partners], who have helped us implement aspects of our environmental vision within a single plant. The process of construction the plant resulted in several breakthroughs for the company, and generated P&G’s most sustainable manufacturing plant to date.”
– Stefano Zenezini, VP Beauty Sector and Global Supply Chain Sustainability


Master Plan including Manufacturing, Administration, Distribution Center


351,000 square meters Phase I - 147,000 square meters


Phase 1 Completed in 2012


William McDonough + Partners, Design Architect
ARUP Hong Kong, Civil MEP and Structural Engineers
KOW Shanghai, Architect of Record


LEED Gold certifications for administration buildings and LEED Silver certification for manufacturing buildings