Wind farms in the Scottish highlands will provide power to 15 Unilever sites
Wind farms in the Scottish highlands will provide power to 15 Unilever sites

All UK Unilever sites powered by renewable energy

Unilever has announced all its sites in the UK are now powered by renewable energy.

The consumer goods giant has signed a contract with energy company Eneco UK that means 15 sites receive power from a wind farm in the Scottish highlands.

Coupled with an existing agreement with a biomethane company, which supplies five sites, this means “all of Unilever UK’s manufacturing sites source 100% of [their] electricity from certified renewable sources, which will help deliver long-term value and advance the company’s wider carbon reduction commitment”.

In 2015 Unilever outlined an ambition to become “carbon positive” by eliminating fossil fuels from its operations and supporting the generation of more renewable energy than it consumes.

Yvette Edwards, sustainable business and communications director, said: “This latest step in securing an in-country, sustainable supply of wind-generated energy is an important milestone in helping us meet our bold ambition of becoming carbon positive by 2030.”

Some 87% of the power generated by the Lochluichart wind farm will be bought by Unilever with the rest being sold to local communities.

Unilever says across its entire business, 63% of grid energy is generated from renewable sources.

Analysts predicted Unilever would have to cut costs after fending off a takeover bid from Kraft Heinz in February.

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