The owner of brands including washing powders like Surf and Persil and deodorants such as Sure and Lynx has announced plans to up its green credentials.
Unilever is forming a partnership with US power firm NRG Energy which is expected to help move the consumer goods provider to using 100% renewable energy by 2020.
Although the company already buys all of its electricity from renewable sources for its US sites through renewable energy certificates (RECs) – which are credits for using energy from third-party green sources – it now plans on installing renewable power generation at its offices and distribution centres. That would mean producing the targeted goal of 100% clean energy for all electricity use at Unilever’s US sites by the end of the decade.
The partnership aligns with the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, which is the company’s global blueprint for sustainable growth that aims to double the size of its business while cutting its environmental footprint.
Kees Kruythoff, President at Unilever North America said: “This transformational partnership with NRG to move all of our US operations to 100% renewable energy will make our business more resilient, sustainable and profitable. It is our hope and expectation that our collaboration with NRG will also inspire a broader acceleration and uptake of renewable energy technologies.”