New Delhi: Leading FMCG firm HUL has switched to green fuel alternatives such as biomass and biodiesel and has eliminated the usage of coal across its operations.
The company has collaborated with biomass suppliers and local farmers to ensure a sustainable supply of green fuel and has made the necessary changes for the renewable transition in its coal-fired boilers, said an HUL statement.
Besides, the shift from coal to renewable energy sources has also resulted in savings for the company, it added.
This is a part of an initiative taken by its parent Anglo-Dutch firm Unilever, which had five years ago committed to eliminating coal across its manufacturing operations by 2020.
“The company achieved it’s now successfully transitioned its three nutrition factories, paired as part of the Glaxo Smithkline Consumer Health care (GSK CH) merger in April 2020, to zero coal. The newly acquired nutrition manufacturing units had boilers running on coal which were converted into biomass/biodiesel boilers,” it said.
Commenting on the development, HUL Chairman and Managing Director Sanjiv Mehta said this achievement is a milestone.
“As a company, we have always strived to be people and planet-positive and firmly believe that responsible business is the only way forward,” he said.
HUL Executive Director, Supply Chain, Willem Uijen said: “I am delighted that we could move our new factories from our GSK acquisition into renewable energy usage quickly. The impact of this transition not only increases HUL’s green footprint but also improves the quality of air around its factories and enhances the income of farmers through the buying of biomass.
HUL’s manufacturing units have already been operating with 100 percent renewable grid electricity since 2019.