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Our ambition is to deliver net zero emissions across our value chain

A business imperative

Climate change is a significant threat to people and our planet. It is also a material risk to our business. We’ve set more ambitious climate targets and identified clearer actions to respond to this challenge.

There are no quick fixes, especially given the nature of our business and value chain. But we firmly believe more urgent action can strengthen Unilever.

Regenerative farming can make our supply chain more resilient by protecting crops against extreme weather. Using renewable energy and recovering waste heat in our operations can help to make us more efficient and less exposed to volatile energy markets. And reformulating our products and moving to better packaging can offer consumers more sustainable products.

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Reducing emissions

Our ambition is to reach net zero across our value chain by 2039, and our focus is on reducing our emissions by 2030 in line with what science says is needed.

With around 98% of our value chain emissions occurring outside our own operations, influencing our supply partners, and leading by example, are critical.

We’ve strengthened our value chain targets to raise our ambition and distinguish between industrial emissions, and those linked to land and agriculture – reflecting the need for different approaches. We continue to focus on absolute emissions reductions in the areas we can influence most.

Delivering on our ambitious targets is our priority.

Our goals

We have three near-term targets:

  • Our operations

    Reduce absolute operational GHG emissions (Scope 1 & 2) by 100% by 2030 from a 2015 baseline

  • Our value chain – energy and industrial

    Reduce absolute Scope 3 energy and industrial GHG emissions[a] by 42% by 2030 from a 2021 baseline

  • Our value chain – forest, land and agriculture

    Reduce absolute Scope 3 forest, land and agriculture (FLAG) GHG emissions[b] by 30.3% by 2030 from a 2021 baseline

Driving widescale change

Our updated Climate Transition Action Plan (CTAP) focuses on ten action areas where we can best drive positive impact by 2030. Some of these are:

  • Growing our Supplier Climate Programme to help key suppliers become climate leaders
  • Investing in deforestation-free supply chains
  • Reformulating products to use lower-emissions ingredients without compromising performance

Alongside actions like these, we’re pushing hard for system-level change. Change that will address barriers to faster emissions reduction, in each of our ten action areas and overall.

The climate challenge is huge. And we’re facing it head-on.

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Our Climate Transition Action Plan

Our Climate Transition Action Plan, updated in 2024, sets out our actions to lower our emissions by 2030.

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[a]

Energy and industrial emissions from purchased goods and services (associated with ingredients, packaging), upstream transport and distribution, energy and fuel-related activities, direct emissions from use of sold products (associated with HFC propellants), end-of-life treatment of sold products, and downstream leased assets (associated with ice cream retail cabinets).

[b]

FLAG emissions from purchased goods and services (associated with ingredients).

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