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Unilever Advances Decarbonization Project At 4 Factories


Unilever’s decarbonization project to significantly reduce carbon emissions at its ice cream business group’s four U.S. factories has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for award negotiations of up to $20.9 million of support.

The proposed project would cut 14,000 metric tons of carbon emissions per year, a major step in moving toward carbon neutrality for the factories that produce Ben & Jerry’s, Talenti, Magnum, Breyers and other leading brands.

Specifically, Unilever Ice Cream will replace natural gas boilers with electric boilers and industrial heat pumps using waste heat recovery. Unilever reached 100 percent renewable grid electricity globally in 2020 and is in the process of moving all its workplaces to 100 percent renewable energy.

The facility upgrades will reduce carbon emissions and will create a pathway to address 100 percent of heat-related process emissions at the factories in Missouri, Tennessee and Vermont.

Unilever’s decarbonization project was chosen as a selectee for award negotiations by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Industrial Demonstrations Program for its potential to reduce emissions, benefit local communities and serve as a model for further decarbonization throughout the food and beverage sector.

“We are making progress to decarbonize our ice cream business, and these substantial upgrades will mean a major cut in emissions,” said Sandeep Desai, chief product supply chain officer for Unilever Ice Cream. “This step moves us closer to our sustainability goals and is a significant investment in the future for our business and planet.”

About Unilever in North America

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of beauty and well-being, personal care, home care, nutrition and ice cream products, with sales in more than 190 countries and products used by 3.4 billion people. Its leading brands in North America include Dove, Hellmann’s, Vaseline, Degree, Axe, TRESemmé, Knorr, Magnum, Ben & Jerry’s, Nutrafol, Liquid I.V., Paula’s Choice and Dermalogica.

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