Previously, the company set a goal to transfer all its own sites to renewable electricity by 2020, but managed to complete this task faster. This step was possible due to the support and development of the local infrastructure for the use of renewable energy, moreover, 38% of the grid electricity supplied under corporate agreements for the purchase of electricity and tariffs for green energy. In cases where there is no infrastructure for the supply of electricity from renewable sources, Unilever invests in the development of renewable energy, acquiring Renewable Energy Certificates.
Sam Cimmins, head of The Climate Group's RE100, commented on this Unilever move: “Congratulations to Unilever on this achievement and want to thank the company for striving to become a carbon-positive business by 2030. Thanks to membership in RE100, global companies such as Unilever are clearly signaling that large businesses have a real demand for “new” energy in markets where access to renewable sources is still difficult. ”
Yesterday’s Unilever statement was made in the run-up to New York’s Climate Week, as well as the UN Secretary-General’s Summit on Climate Change, which brings together government and business leaders to tackle rising global average temperatures. at 1.5 ° C - in accordance with the Paris Agreement.
Mark Engel, Unilever’s chief manufacturing and supplying officer, said: “The extreme climate is one of the most pressing issues we all face. Our team has worked hard to conclude renewable energy contracts for our facilities. Of course, there is still a lot of work ahead, but we hope that today's announcement will inspire many to further initiatives to overcome the climate crisis. In any case, we have seen through our own example that renewable energy is a sustainable solution for large businesses.”
A significant contribution to the fact that today Unilever operates at 100% electricity from renewable sources is also made by investments in energy efficiency programs, which have led to a 28% reduction in total energy consumption, a half-reduction of carbon emissions per tonne of production since 2008 and the introduction of solar electricity.