Biomass Boilers in HUL units help reduce CO2 emissions

Biomass Boilers in HUL units help reduce CO2 emissions.

Unilever has set three big goals under Sustainable Living Plan to achieve by 2020 and these are:

• Halve the environmental footprint of our products

• Help more than 1 billion people take action to improve their health and well-being

• Source 100% of our agricultural raw materials sustainably

HUL has been continuously striving to contribute to the audacious goal by integrating these objectives into our brands, our people and our processes.

The HUL Supply Chain team has come up with a number of unique initiatives across units to reduce CO2 emissions thereby reducing environmental footprint in our manufacturing operations.

Biomass Boilers set up at HUL units across India

One such initiative is setting up of Biomass Boilers that help reduce CO2 emissions from factories. The biomass boilers have been set up across Chiplun, Puducherry, Goa, Nashik and Mysore. Some of the other units where it is expected to rollout shortly are Haridwar, Hosur and Kandla.

Chiplun and Puducherry units that had first set up Biomass Boilers in 2008 were retrofit of the existing oil fired boilers which were low in efficiency and manual in operation. With the biomass boilers in place, the manufacturing operations at the Chiplun and Puducherry units saw a remarkable reduction of 11,000 tonnes and 10,000 tonnes per annum in the C02 emissions, respectively.

This reduction in CO2 emission levels spurred further implementation of the boilers in other HUL units. The first fully integrated and automated Multimedia boiler and biomass briquettes - which could burn spent coffee waste and ETP (Effluent Treatment Plants) waste - was carried into the Goa, Mysore and Nashik factories in 2011. The Mysore factory added impetus to the project by utilizing in-house generated wet coffee and ETP sludge as fuels for the boilers.

Reducing Carbon Emission

With this implementation, CO2 emission is expected to reduce by 28,314 tonnes per annum, which is 7.8% of the total load, along with generating a total savings of 2.6 million euro in 2011.

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