Unilever Continues to Prove Sustainability commitment

Just three months after announcing its industry-leading achievement of zero waste to landfill across its global factory network and weeks after confirming that its Sustainable Living Plan is having an increasingly positive impact on its growth, cost efficiency and resilience, CPG giant Unilever has reached another milestone — announcing that it has saved 1 million tons of CO2 throughout its manufacturing network since 2008. The company says its energy consumption has decreased by 20 percent — the same energy used to run 40 factories or the equivalent in carbon absorbed by over 800,000 acres of forest in one year — which has resulted in significant cost savings of €244m.

“We’re delighted to have hit this milestone in our CO2 reduction,” Unilever Chief Supply Chain Officer, Pier Luigi Sigismondi said. “Reducing our energy consumption not only cuts our greenhouse gas emissions — the equivalent in carbon of 800,000 acres of forest each year — but also cuts our costs. Since 2008, we’ve saved over €244m by reducing our CO2 emissions.

Unilever is also helping other industries to reduce their carbon emissions. In Indonesia, waste from Unilever’s operations goes into another company’s cement as a material, helping to reduce the carbon impacts of the cement industry — the sixth-largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the world.

Unilever, which has been assessing its greenhouse gas emissions since 1995, has proven that reducing energy use not only benefits the environment, but has a clear business purpose as it helps to drive down costs and leaves the company less exposed to changes in the energy price market, improving business resilience.