Unilever goes 100% renewable in UK

Unilever has announced its UK manufacturing sites now receive 100% of their energy from renewable sources. The consumer goods giant has partnered with Eneco to provide 15 locations with power from the sustainable energy supplier’s […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Unilever has announced its UK manufacturing sites now receive 100% of their energy from renewable sources.

The consumer goods giant has partnered with Eneco to provide 15 locations with power from the sustainable energy supplier’s 23-turbine wind farm in Lochluichart, Scotland.

A total of 165GWh (87%) of the wind farm’s output has been purchased by Unilever, with the surplus 24GWh sold to local communities.

The company says this has advanced its ambition of becoming carbon positive by 2030 and has boosted its wider carbon reduction commitments.

Unilever also uses biomethane to power another five of its sites in the UK and Ireland.

Yvette Edwards, Sustainable Business and Communications Director, said: “This latest step in securing an in-country, sustainable supply of wind generated energy is an important milestone in helping us meet our bold ambition of becoming carbon positive by 2030.

“It’s made all the more significant as any surplus supply will be sold to nearby communities, thereby progressing our vision of making sustainable living commonplace.”