hindustan unilever: HUL eliminates use of coal in operations, replaces it with environmentally friendly alternatives

Hindustan Unilever Limited () stated that it had eliminated the use of coal in its operations, replacing it with environmentally friendly alternatives such as biomass and biodiesel.

To facilitate this, the company has worked with biomass suppliers and local farmers to ensure a sustainable supply of green fuel and has made the necessary changes for the transition of renewable sources to its coal-fired boilers.

The shift from coal to renewable energy sources has also led to savings, it is said. For example, one of the largest HUL home care plants has found innovative solutions to eliminate the use of coal, which has helped to achieve fuel savings of Rs 3.5 million, while reducing 4 million kg. of CO2.

2 emissions and increase fuel efficiency.

“This is a milestone in our Compass journey and our commitment to zero emissions in our operations by 2030. As a company, we have always strived to be positive for people and the planet, and we firmly believe that responsible business is the only way. way to go. ” Sanjiv Mehta, president and CEO, HUL said.

The journey to zero coal began more than five years ago, with Unilever committing to removing coal from its production operations by 2020. The company has achieved its goals as it has committed and is now transitioning its three nutrition plants purchased as part of the GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSK CH) merger in April 2020 at zero coal. The newly purchased Nutrition production units had coal-fired boilers that were converted into biomass / biodiesel boilers.

Willem Uijen, Executive Director of Supply Chain, HUL, said: “The impact of this transition not only increases HUL’s green footprint, but also improves the air quality around its factories and increases farmers’ incomes by purchasing biomass.”

HUL’s production units are already operating with 100% renewable grid electricity from 2019 by on-site solar generation, off-site solar and wind generation and hydro grid power acquisition. Nashik Company’s Food and Beverage Production Unit

installed three off-site wind turbine generators for captive consumption, in addition to the on-site solar photovoltaic installation.

The shift from coal to green fuel will boost HUL’s efforts to ensure that 100% of its operations’ energy comes from renewable sources and that the company will directly support the generation of more renewable energy than it consumes, the company said.