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Hindustan Unilever opts for renewable energy, become coal-free across its operations

To facilitate this, the company has collaborated with biomass suppliers and local farmers, to ensure sustainable supply of green fuel and has made the necessary changes for the renewable transition in its coal-fired boilers

FMCG company Hindustan Unilever (HUL) has eliminated coal usage across its operations replacing it with green alternatives such as biomass and biodiesel.

To facilitate this, the company has collaborated with biomass suppliers and local farmers, to ensure sustainable supply of green fuel and has made the necessary changes for the renewable transition in its coal-fired boilers.

The journey towards zero coal use had started over five years ago with Unilever committing to eliminate coal across its manufacturing operations by 2020.

The shift from coal to renewable energy sources has also resulted into savings for the company. For example, one of HUL’s largest home care plants found innovative solutions to eliminate coal usage which has helped achieve Rs 3.5 crore in fuel savings, whilst reducing 4 million kgs of CO2 emissions and increasing fuel efficiency.

Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director, HUL, said, “This is a milestone achievement in our company’s 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.”

Willem Uijen, Executive Director Supply Chain, HUL, said, “I’m delighted that we could move our new factories from our GSK acquisition into renewable energy usage quickly. The impact of this transition not only increases HUL’s green footprint but also improves the quality of air around its factories and enhances the income of farmers through the buying of biomass.”

HUL’s manufacturing units have already been operating with 100% renewable grid electricity since 2019, through on-site solar generation, offsite solar and wind generation, and hydro based grid power purchase. The company’s food and refreshment manufacturing unit in Nashik has onboarded three offsite wind turbine generators for captive consumption in addition to the onsite solar Photovoltaic plant. 

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