In 2018, we have reduced CO2 emissions per tonne of our production by 59% compared to 2008. This significant reduction has been achieved through a reduction in total energy footprint across factories.
Usage of biofuel, modification of thermic fluid heater, usage of biomass briquettes, and use of solar power at factories have increased our share of renewable energy at our sites to 43% in 2018 compared to 2008 baseline. Unilever has committed to source all the electricity purchased from the grid from renewable sources by 2020. In India, currently, 22% of electricity is sourced from renewable sources. As part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), Unilever has also committed to eliminating coal from the energy mix by 2020.
In 2018, the CO2 emissions from our logistics network reduced by over 12%. Our ‘Load More Travel Less’ strategy clubbed with increased efficiency of processes, reduction in the count of trucks by using bigger truck types, and reduction in distance travelled helped us reduce CO2 emissions.
We have continued to roll out environment-friendly freezer cabinets that use hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants instead of Hydrofluorocarbons refrigerants. There are currently 85,310 freezers with HC technology in our fleet in India.
Some of the energy reduction initiatives in our offices include installation of energy efficient AC units and air handling units, usage of motion sensor lighting, and installation of LED lights in offices. A major share of energy in all our offices is sourced from renewable sources such as wind and solar power. These initiatives have helped in reducing electricity cost and making our offices environment-friendly.
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. On average, more than one lakh skype group meetings are conducted in a year. Video conferencing and telepresence facilities were effectively implemented to ease travel requirements of our employees thereby reducing the impact of employee travel on the environmental footprint.