Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our manufacturing
In 2017, we have reduced CO2 emissions per tonne of production by 54% compared to 2008. This significant reduction has been achieved through increase in usage of liquid biofuels and solid biomass for process heating, renewable electricity through solar power purchase agreements and onsite solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. The share of renewable energy at our manufacturing sites is 36%.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport
In 2017, the CO2 emissions from our logistics network reduced by 17%. Our “Load More Travel Less” strategy clubbed with increased efficiency of processes, managing distance travelled and increased usage of alternative fuels helped us reduce CO2 emissions. We also focussed on selecting the right type of truck to maximise the utilisation of the truck type and introduced CNG trucks in few regions. There was a reduction in indirect movement of trucks for sourcing and distribution.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from refrigeration
We have continued to roll out environment friendly freezer cabinets that use hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants instead of Hydrofluorocarbons refrigerants. There are currently 68,000 freezers with HC technology in our fleet in India. In 2017, HUL rolled out 2,500 units of an environmentally friendly mobile vending model with HC technology. This was launched for the first time in the industry in India.
Reduce energy consumption in our offices
Some of the energy reduction initiatives in our offices include installation of Ultraviolet system for air handling units to improve air quality; solar panels on terraces to provide electricity to office area and power to streetlights; installing occupancy sensors in meeting rooms and washrooms; replacing old chillers with new energy efficient ones; usage of LED lamps and pull cord switches for office lighting. These initiatives have helped in reducing electricity cost and making our offices environment friendly.
Reduce employee travel
About 200 conference rooms have been enabled with audio and video for Skype group meetings. Nearly 4,500 meetings of around 10,000 hours were attended over video presence. More than one lakh skype group meetings were conducted in 2017. Video conferencing and tele-presence facilities were effectively implemented to ease travel requirements of our employees thereby reducing the impact of employee travel on the environmental footprint.