Unilever has unveiled a biomass boiler in South Africa, which the company has stated will help reduce CO2 emissions, waste-to-landfill, and eventually the amount of electricity used at the Durban-based Maydon Wharf site.
The unveiling marked World Environment Day with the boiler opened during a ceremony by South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Barbara Thomson and was attended by the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala.
Costing R50m to install, the boiler is set to save R17m per annum.
As part of the event Unilever South Africa Executive Vice-President Luc-Olivier Marquet also signed the company’s global commitment to ensure that by 2025 all of its plastic packaging will by fully reusable, recyclable or compostable.
He stated, “This undertaking has been made because of growing concerns about plastic pollution – and because it is the right thing to do.
“In 2017 we made an industry-leading commitment to ensure that all our plastic packaging is designed to be fully reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025. We will also increase the recycled plastic content in our packaging to 25% by 2025.
“Our new biomass boiler at Maydon Wharf is illustrative of the seriousness of our commitment to sustainable living. We have previously unveiled our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, which commits to reducing our environmental impact by half by 2020.”