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Unilever to stop using coal for energy within five years

November 27, 2015

Unilever to stop using coal for energy within five years

Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent
Friday 27 November 2015 00.01 GMT

Unilever, the consumer goods giant, has pledged to eliminate coal from its energy usage within five years, and derive all of its energy worldwide solely from renewable sources by 2030.

The company will become “carbon positive” by 2030, through its own use of renewables, and by investing in generating more renewable energy than it needs, selling the surplus on the markets and making it available to local communities in areas where it operates. About 40% of the company’s energy use currently comes from green sources.

Unilever made the commitment ahead of the crunch UN climate change conference in Paris, which begins this weekend.

Paul Polman, chairman of the company, told the Guardian the target was “do-able, really do-able”. He cited a new factory in China which is powered by wind and solar energy, and an office in Paris which is “carbon positive”, contributing green electricity to the power grid.

Read more at The Guardian.

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