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HUL Using Green Energy To Fuel Operations, Eliminates Coal

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Hindustan Unilever (HUL) announced in a statement that it has abolished the use of coal in its operations and has replaced it with green alternatives such as biomass and biodiesel.

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The country’s largest consumer products maker has partnered with biomass providers and local farmers to secure a sustainable supply of green fuel and has made the required improvements in its coal-fired boilers for the renewable changeover.

Since 2019, HUL’s manufacturing facilities have been using 100 per cent renewable grid electricity from on-site solar generation, off-site solar and wind production, and hydro-based grid power procurement amidst which the company has also witnessed some savings in fuel supplies.

HUL, for example, stated that in one of its home care units, it discovered methods to remove coal consumption, resulting in Rs 3.5 crore in fuel savings while reducing 4 million kgs of carbon dioxide emissions and resulting in enhanced fuel efficiency.

Furthermore, in addition to the on-site solar Photovoltaic plant, the company’s food and beverage production operation in Nashik has onboarded three off-site wind turbine generators for captive use.

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“This is a milestone achievement in our compass journey and our commitment to reaching zero emissions in our activities by 2030,” stated Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director of HUL. “We have always sought to be people and planet positive as a company, and we truly think that responsible business is the only way ahead,”

Unilever pledged to eliminate coal from its industrial facilities by 2020, and it met its targets that were set 5 years ago.

The firm has also transformed its three nutrition plants with coal-fired boilers, acquired from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare in April 2020 to zero coal. 

Willem Uijen, Executive Director Supply Chain at HUL, expressed that he is thrilled about the swift transition of newly acquired facilities from our GSK towards renewable energy consumption.

According to Uijen, the transition has provided new financial prospects for farmers selling biomass, while simultaneously increasing HUL’s environmental imprint.

The transition from coal to green fuel will give a boost to HUL’s efforts to ensure that 100% of the energy used in its operations originates from renewable sources, and it will also directly assist the development of more renewable energy than it uses, according to the firm.

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