Unilever has invested in a wind power project located in the Lochluichart, part of the Scottish Highlands.
The wind farm has an installed capacity of 69MW, of which 87% of the output has been purchased by Unilever (while the remaining is sold to communities in the surrounding area).
According to their press release, through the Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever will:
- Source 100% of our total energy across our operations from renewable sources by 2030 Source all electricity purchased from the grid from renewable sources by 2020
- 2030 Source all electricity purchased from the grid from renewable sources by 2020
- Eliminate coal from its energy mix by 2020
- Directly support the generation of more renewable energy than the company consumes and make the surplus available to the markets and communities in which it operates
Sustainable Business and Communications Director, Yvette Edwards said, “It’s been an exciting start to the year in the UK where we are on a journey to improve the sustainability of our sites. 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. It’s made all the more significant as any surplus supply will be sold to nearby communities, thereby progressing our vision of making sustainable living commonplace.”
Country Director, Eneco UK, Zoisa Walton said: “Eneco is proud to partner with Unilever to provide a solution to its 2030 ambition to become carbon positive. We are committed to working with companies in realising their sustainable energy ambitions as well as the local community through our partnership with Cooperative Energy on the ‘Highlands and Mearns Wind’ tariff. It is a good example of Eneco’s mission to provide sustainable energy for everyone.”
Head of Eneco Energy Trade UK, Nigel McManus added: “The power generated by Lochluichart Wind Farm will supply dedicated renewable power to the majority of Unilever UK sites for years to come. We will also assist Unilever to engage with the upcoming smart, flexible energy market to further reduce their costs and carbon footprint.”
Unilever was proud to announce that up to 63% of the energy it uses across global operations, is generated from renewable sources like wind power.