Sustainable Living Plan targets

We have set greenhouse gas reduction targets across our business.

Targets cover the entire value chain of our products – from sourcing, manufacturing, transport, refrigeration and consumer use of our products.

Our targets

We have set ourselves a bold new target to halve the greenhouse gas impact of our products across the lifecycle by 2020, on a ‘per consumer use’ basis, against a 2008 baseline.

To achieve this we will need to take action in a range of areas.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from skin cleansing & hair washing

  • By 2015 we aim to reach 200 million consumers with products and tools that will help them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while washing and showering. Our plan is to reach 400 million people by 2020.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from washing clothes

We will reduce the greenhouse gas impact of the laundry process by:

  • Concentrating our liquids and compacting our powders.
  • Reformulating our products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2012.
  • Encouraging our consumers to wash at lower temperatures and at the correct dosage in 70% of machine washes by 2020.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing

  • By 2020 CO2 emissions from energy from our factories will be at or below 2008 levels despite significantly higher volumes. This represents a 63% reduction per tonne of production and a 43% absolute reduction (versus a 1995 baseline).
  • We will more than double our use of renewable energy to 40% of our total energy requirement by 2020. We recognise that this is only a first step towards a long-term goal of 100% renewable energy.
  • All newly built factories will aim to have less than half the impact of current ones.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport

  • By 2020 CO2 emissions from our global logistics network will be at or below 2010 levels despite significantly higher volumes. This will represent a 40% improvement in CO2 efficiency.
  • We will achieve this by reducing truck mileage; using lower emission vehicles; employing alternative transport such as rail or ship; and improving the energy efficiency of our warehouses.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from refrigeration

  • As the world’s largest producer of ice cream, we will accelerate our roll-out of freezer cabinets that use climate-friendly (hydrocarbon) refrigerants.
  • At the end of 2010 we have already purchased 640 000 units with the new refrigerant. We will purchase a further 660 000 units by 2015.