100% Clean Energy
At Unilever, we’re committed to doing our bit to tackle climate change, continuously finding sustainable solutions to make and sell our products. We’ve come a long way already, but we know there’s always more we can do. This is why we’re going one step further in our commitment to renewable energy. By 2030, we will use 100% clean energy in our operations.
Climate change is real and it’s happening as you read these words. Global temperatures have been rising for over a century, accelerating faster than ever before to become the highest our world has ever seen. This will end up affecting everyone, everywhere unless we come together, as people and businesses, to take action.
Unilever is joining citizens and organisations worldwide, in calling for ambitious action. We’re setting and announcing new targets that we hope will encourage others to do the same to enforce the message that the time for climate action is now!
Our latest commitment of 100% clean energy by 2030 means using energy from renewable sources across our entire network of operations. We’ve already started this journey and had positive achievements along the way. In Europe and North America, 100% of electricity purchased by Unilever factories comes from renewable sources. By 2020, all our electricity purchased from the grid will be from renewable sources.
Last year, Unilever Japan became the first Unilever business to switch to 100% renewable power for all their operations. All of the Unilever products we make in Japan will have a Green Power logo on the packaging so families can be sure they’re buying responsibly. This move to renewable power in Japan is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 3,600 tonnes every year. Click here to read more.
We’re continuously working to find innovative ways to create great products in responsible ways that households can rely on every single day. Here are some of the ways our Unilever brands are helping to create a bright future:
Several of our factories are already using new ways to save and reuse energy. In our UK Marmite factory, thousands of tonnes of Marmite waste is converted into methane. This has already generated 50% of the onsite gas usage – enough to power 1000 homes! Similarly, Ben & Jerry’s in Holland have developed ‘The Chunkinator’ - allowing them to use ice cream to power their factory.
Persil’s concentrated laundry liquid now uses 40% less packaging than before and requires just a third of the water. That’s a potential yearly saving of 33 million litres of water and 665 tonnes of CO2.
Our compressed deodorants, including Sure and Dove, use half the propellant gas and a quarter less aluminium than regular cans. We have shared the technology with our fellow deodorant manufacturers in the hope we can reduce the aerosol carbon footprint of the deodorant industry by 25% - hopefully even more!
We are feeling positive about our move to 100% clean energy. Are you? Join us and commit to climate action now. We’re working with Collectively to gather the support of people worldwide to call on organisations and brands to work towards 100% clean energy. You can be one of them, click here to add your voice.