Greenhouse Gases

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Helping to tackle climate change

We have set a bold reduction goal to halve the greenhouse gas (GHG) impact of our products across the lifecycle by 2020. It covers our entire value chain from the sourcing of raw materials through to consumers’ use of products and their disposal.

Helping to eliminate deforestation

We recognise that urgent action which tackles the whole system is required to combat climate change.

Deforestation contributes up to 15% to global greenhouse gas emissions. Just four commodities — palm oil, beef, soy, and paper and pulp — are major contributors to deforestation. Unilever is one of the world’s largest multinational consumer goods buyers of palm oil.
 
That’s why we’ve decided, as part of our 2013 strategic review of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, to deepen our efforts in helping to eliminate deforestation by using our scale, influence and resources to create transformational change.

Our greenhouse gas strategy

We are looking across our entire value chain to understand our impacts and achieve reductions.

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Our greenhouse gas strategy

Targets & performance

We have set greenhouse gas reduction targets across our business.

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Targets & performance

Our approach cuts across all functions of the business.

  • We work with our suppliers, in our factories and with retailers.

  • Our brands develop innovations which reduce GHG emissions these innovations include Omo and Surf small & mighty concentrated laundry detergents.

  • We also advocate for ambitious public policies to tackle climate change.

Renewable energy & biofuels

We support a move towards renewable energy, and more sustainable forms of biofuels.

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Renewable energy & biofuels

Transport & distribution

We aim to reduce mileage, use lower-emission vehicles and select alternative forms of transport.

The green express

Transport & distribution

Climate-friendly refrigeration

We are rolling out ice cream freezer cabinets with energy-efficient, climate-friendly refrigerants

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Climate-friendly refrigeration