THE WHAT? Hindustan Unilever has announced that it has met its goal to eliminate coal usage across its operations, replacing the fossil fuel with greener alternatives such as biomass suppliers and biodiesel.
THE DETAILS The shift is not only good for the planet but has also resulted in cost savings for the company.
The journey towards zero coal began more than five years ago, with Unilever committing to eliminating coal across its manufacturing operations by 2020. The Company achieved its goals as committed and has now successfully transitioned its three Nutrition factories, acquired as part of the GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSK CH) merger in April 2020, to zero coal. The newly acquired Nutrition manufacturing units had boilers running on coal which were converted into biomass/biodiesel boilers.
THE WHY? Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director, HUL, commented, “This is a milestone achievement in our Compass journey and our commitment towards achieving zero emissions in our operations by 2030. As a Company, we have always strived to be people and planet positive and firmly believe that responsible business is the only way forward.”