Household products giant Reckitt Benckiser this week claimed it was well ahead of a target to reduce its carbon footprint, despite its growth causing a rise in emissions last year.

The company has a target, set in 2007, to slash the environmental impact of its products by 20% by 2020. Its latest report claims it has already achieved a 15% reduction.

However, the company’s CO2 emissions rose from 24.9 million tonnes in 2009 to 26.5 million last year due to its growth.

“We can’t be complacent, but we have begun the essential decoupling of emissions from growth,” said CEO Rakesh Kapoor.