Unilever will eliminate by 2030 petroleum product derivatives from the ingredients in its cleaning products. The group intends to invest $ 1.2 billion in research, the implementation of solutions and the support of suppliers in this transition.

The Unilever Group will invest $ 1.2 billion by 2030 to reduce its CO2 emissions and those of its suppliers. It aims to eliminate fossil fuels from the production of its cleaning products.

Through a series of chemical reactions, the carbon compounds in petroleum are transformed into chemicals capable of removing oil stains. The abandonment of the use of these fossil fuels has been technically feasible for several decades at a cost, however high.

Unilever is the first major investor in the industry to commit to replacing these hydrocarbon derivatives with ingredients from wood, microbial fermentation, or recycled carbon.

The planned funding will mainly be used for research, for implementing the solutions found and for working with suppliers.

“What Unilever is trying to do is very comprehensive. With great ambition, he is interested in the entire supply chain , ” said Katy Armstrong, a researcher at the University of Sheffield working on carbon recycling.


Source: Agence Ecofin