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Unilever

Last Update: Jan 11th, 2021
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Material Efficiency

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Goal

By 2020 we will reduce the weight of packaging that we use by one-third through:

  • Lightweight materials
  • Optimizing structural and material design
  • Developing concentrated versions of our products
  • Eliminating unnecessary packaging

Eliminate Unfavorable Materials

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Eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and move from single-use to reuse packaging models

Recycled Content

Design For Recovery

Increasing Recycling

Material Efficiency

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By 2025, Unilever will:

  • Halve the amount of virgin plastic we use in our packaging and an absolute reduction of more than 100,000 tonnes in plastic use
  • Help collect and process more plastic packaging than we sell
  • Ensure that 100% of our plastic packaging is designed to be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable
  • Increase the use of post-consumer recycled plastic material in our packaging to at least 25%.
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Responsible Fiber Sourcing

Recycled Content

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We will source 75% of the paper and board for our packaging from certified sustainably managed forests or from recycled material by 2015. We will reach 100% by 2020.

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Increasing Recycling

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Unilever North America will add clear recycling instructions to packaging for its entire mass-market portfolio by the end of 2021. Unilever has been working with How2Recycle to add clear recycling labels and will now standardize its use on all packaging in North America.

Working in partnership with industry, governments and NGOs, we aim to increase recycling and recovery rates on average by 5% by 2015 and by 15% by 2020 in our top 14 countries.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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We will become carbon positive in our manufacturing by 2030:

  • We will source 100% of our energy across our operations** from renewable sources by 2030.
  • We will source all our electricity purchased from the grid from renewable sources by 2020.
  • We will eliminate coal from our energy mix by 2020.
  • In order to achieve our target of carbon positive by 2030, we intend to directly support the generation of more renewable energy than we consume and make the surplus available to the markets and communities in which we operate.
  • All newly built factories will aim to have less than half the impact of those in our 2008 baseline.

Halve the greenhouse gas impact of our products across the lifecycle by 2030

By 2020 CO2 emissions from energy from our factories will be at or below 2008 levels despite significantly higher volumes.

By 2020, CO2 emissions from our global logistics network will be at or below 2010 levels despite significantly higher volumes. This will represent a 40% improvement in CO2 efficiency.

Manufacturing / Operational Waste

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For manufacturing, by 2020, total waste sent for disposal will be at or below 2008 levels despite significantly higher volumes.

Water Consumption

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Halve the water associated with consumer use of our products by 2020

By 2020, water abstraction by our global factory network will be at or below 2008 levels, despite significantly higher volumes. This represents a reduction of around 40% per tonne of production. Versus a 1995 baseline, this represents a 78% reduction per tonne of production and a 65% absolute reduction. We will focus in particular on factories in water-scarce locations.

We will reduce the water required in the laundry process by providing 50 million households in water-scarce countries with laundry products that deliver excellent results but use less water by 2020.

We will develop comprehensive plans with our suppliers and partners to reduce the water used to grow our crops in water-scarce countries.

Renewable / Alternative Energy

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In 2015, we set ourselves the ambition of becoming carbon positive by 2030. By becoming carbon positive, we will:

  • Source all our electricity purchased from the grid from renewable sources by 2020
  • Source 100% of our energy across all our operations from renewable sources by 2030
  • Eliminate coal from our energy mix by 2020
  • Directly support the generation of more renewable energy than we consume, making the surplus available to the markets and communities where we operate by 2030.

Energy Consumption

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By 2020 we will halve the energy (kWh) purchased per occupant for the offices in our top 21 countries versus 2010.

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