Driving Action on Climate Change
We are part of a growing voice in the business community who are working with Government and NGOs to help tackle climate change - one of the greatest challenges we face as a society and within our business. Both globally and in Canada we are engaging with others and working collaboratively to influence decision-makers to take action on climate change. Unilever Canada participates on the Ontario Minister of Environment & Climate Change’s Climate Action Group providing advice to the Minister on actions the province should take to meet the province’s commitment on climate change.
Leading by example – our carbon positive ambition
In addition to our policy engagement and advocacy efforts, we are taking strong action to decouple our environmental footprint from our growth and increase our positive social impact. We are also working to demonstrate that decarbonization of the economy is both possible and makes good business sense.
In 2015 we sharpened our greenhouse gas strategy, setting a new ambition to become ‘carbon positive’ in our operations by 2030. This includes sourcing 100% of our energy across our operations from renewable sources and working with our partners to make any surplus energy we generate available to the markets and communities in which we operate.
In Canada, through our partnership with Bullfrog Power®, we source renewable electricity certificates for 100% of our Canadian operations’ electricity consumption helping us achieve our RE100 target well ahead of our 2020 goal. In addition, through Bullfrog Power’s community renewable energy program, we are already carbon positive in Canada as this program supports the local generation and use of renewable energy across the country.
Reduce GHG’s from Refrigeration
The climate-friendly hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants used in our climate friendly ice cream freezers have negligible global warming potential compared to previously used hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The freezers are also around 10% more energy efficient.
Since 2010, in Canada, 3,894 of our total 20,833 freezers have been replaced with new models that use hydrocarbon refrigerants (R290) and we will continue to purchase the latest climate friendly models in the coming years.