Aerosol giant Unilever cuts 1m tonnes of CO2

Unilever has announced it has reduced its carbon footprint by more than a million tonnes of CO2.

The company, makers of deodorants including Axe, called Lynx in the UK, Ireland Australia and New Zealand, Dove and many other products, announced the news yesterday (15 April).

According to Unilever, the UK’s largest deodorant manufacturer, since 2008 it has cut CO2 from its manufacturing and logistics operations to the tune of the equivalent of taking 250,000 cars off the road.

The milestone was also achieved while growing sales by 26% from €40.5 billion (US$53.1bn) in 2008 to €51.3bn (US$67.3bn) last year.

The company says the reduction has been achieved through the introduction of more energy efficient and greener production methods as well as more coordinated transport planning, but it’s also spearheading the charge for ‘compressed’ deodorant cans.

In February the company halved the size of aerosol cans (pictured) used for some of its leading brands, including Sure, Dove and Vaseline.

The company claims the cans last the same length of time as previous cans while using only 50% of the propellant resulting in the size reduction.

John Maguire, Unilever’s group manufacturing sustainability director said: “Our primary focus is to reduce overall energy use by improving the eco-efficiency of everything we do in our factories, offices and other operations.

“We leverage our global scale by selecting ideas that have the best financial and eco-efficiency payback and then implement them globally.

“We are also committed to ensuring as much as possible of the energy we use comes from sustainable sources, for example 100% of the electrical energy we buy in Europe and North America comes from renewable sources.”

 

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