Unilever, London, announced today that its factories, offices, R&D facilities, data centers, warehouses and distribution centers across five continents are now powered by 100% renewable-grid electricity. 

Unilever’s transition to renewable electricity supports the development of local renewable energy markets, with 38% of its grid electricity supplied through corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) and green electricity tariffs. Where feasible, Unilever also purchased renewable energy certificates (RECs).

Unilever’s achievement is a significant step toward its target to become a carbon neutral company before 2030. Unilever worked with partners around the world to generate renewable electricity at its own sites, with solar power in use at Unilever facilities in 18 countries.

“The climate emergency is one of the most urgent challenges we’re all facing,” says Marc Engel, chief supply chain officer. “Our team have worked hard to secure renewable energy contracts for our sites across five continents, accelerating the delivery of our 100% renewable energy targets. Of course, there is more work to do, but we hope that today’s announcement will inspire further action elsewhere and help to prove that it is possible to combat the climate crisis and hold global warming at 1.5°C. Renewable is doable.”