Unilever celebrates three years as largest purchaser of renewable electricity

Unilever celebrates three years as the largest commercial purchaser of renewable electricity in Canada and commits to another three years of leadership in supporting renewable energy.

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In May, 2014, Unilever celebrated three years as the largest commercial purchaser of renewable electricity in Canada and committed to another three years as a leader in supporting renewable energy. Unilever purchases 50,000 MWh of renewable electricity from Bullfrog Power – enough to supply electricity to all of Unilever’s offices and manufacturing facilities across Canada. This means that Canadians are able to purchase some of their favourite brands including Hellmann’s, Becel, Popsicle, Breyer’s and Ben & Jerry’s made in facilities ‘bullfrogpowered’ with clean, green electricity.

In 2010, as part of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever set out some ambitious goals to double the size of the business while reducing its environmental footprint and increasing our positive social impact. One element of that plan is to source 40% of its total energy requirements from renewable sources by 2020. 

Three years after the launch of the Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever now sources 27% of its energy requirements from sustainable sources up from 16% in 2010. All Unilever’s facilities in North America and Europe are now powered with renewable energy. A commitment to renewable energy along with improved energy efficiency means Unilever now produces 833,000 fewer tonnes of CO2 from energy in 2013 than in 2008—a 32 per cent reduction per tonne of production.

Unilever continues to be a sustainability leader and, through Bullfrog, is one of Canada’s strongest business supporters of renewable electricity.

William Pointon - Manager, Public Relations

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