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Unilever's Carbon Emission Reduction Initiative Secures USA Government Support

World 27.03.2024
Source: The DairyNews
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Unilever's endeavor to slash carbon emissions at its Ice Cream Business Group's U.S. factories has garnered approval from the U.S. Department of Energy, paving the way for potential support of up to $20.9 million.
Unilever's Carbon Emission Reduction Initiative Secures USA Government Support
The project aims to slash 14,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually, marking a substantial stride towards achieving carbon neutrality for factories producing renowned brands like Ben & Jerry’s, Talenti, and Magnum, Unilever confirmed.

The initiative entails the replacement of natural gas boilers with electric boilers and industrial heat pumps utilizing waste heat recovery technology. Notably, Unilever attained 100% renewable grid electricity globally in 2020 and is actively transitioning all its facilities to rely solely on renewable energy sources.

By upgrading its facilities, Unilever anticipates significant reductions in carbon emissions, paving the way to address 100% of heat-related process emissions across factories in Missouri, Tennessee, and Vermont.

Recognized as a selectee for award negotiations under the U.S. Department of Energy's Industrial Demonstrations Program, this initiative is lauded for its potential to curtail emissions, benefit local communities, and serve as a model for decarbonization within the food and beverage industry.

Sandeep Desai, Chief Product Supply Chain Officer at Unilever Ice Cream, expressed optimism about the initiative's impact, stating, "We are making progress to decarbonize our ice cream business, and these substantial upgrades will mean a major cut in emissions. This step moves us closer to our sustainability goals and is a significant investment in the future for our business and planet."
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