Unilever enters biogas contract to power U.K. operations - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Commercial, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  January 16, 2017

Unilever nabs biogas contract to power 5 UK sites

About year after outlining a goal to become carbon positive by 2030, Unilever recently signed a contract to use biogas for the heating needs of five of its sites in the U.K. and Ireland. 

The deal made it possible for two of its offices and three food and drink factories to use 10,000 MWh of biomethane to power the heating at the sites, thereby significantly reducing carbon emissions, Unilever said in a news release. The biogas deal, combined with electricity for the sites already coming from renewable energy sources, makes the sites carbon neutral from energy sources. 

The biomethane, which Unilever said is fully traceable and certified, is generated by an anaerobic digester that converts inedible food waste and sewage into energy. Unilever contracted with renewable energy company GENeco for the biogas. 

Unilever said the deal supports its overarching work in cutting its greenhouse gas emissions: Since the launch of the company's "Sustainable Living Plan" in 2010, Unilever has cut its manufacturing greenhouse gas footprint by 39% per tonne of production since 2008.The company's plan to become carbon positive, announced in November 2015, includes eliminating fossil fuels from its operations and directly supporting the generation of more renewable energy than it consumes.

The company's plan to become carbon positive, announced in November 2015, includes eliminating fossil fuels from its operations and directly supporting the generation of more renewable energy than it consumes.

 

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