Greenhouse Gases

Our greenhouse gas impact per consumer use has increased by around 5%† since 2010*

Our commitment

Halve the greenhouse gas impact of our products across the lifecycle by 2020.*

Our Performance

Our greenhouse gas footprint impact per consumer use has increased by around 5%† since 2010.

  • achieved: 3
  • on-plan: 7
  • off-plan: 1
  • %of target achieved: 0

Our perspective

We have made good progress in those areas in our control. We have reduced the greenhouse gas emissions associated with our own manufacturing operations. Since 2008 we have reduced CO2 from energy by 32%† per tonne of production. Compared to 1995, this represents a reduction of 62% in absolute terms.

However, the total environmental footprint of our products including consumer use - where we have less control - has increased for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the value chain by 5%† since 2010.

While we are making progress in some parts of our business, for example laundry concentrates and compressed deodorants, other parts of our portfolio are evolving in ways which are increasing our footprint, in particular our Personal Care business has expanded in hair and shower products via the Alberto Culver acquisition (which accounts for three percentage points of the GHG increase).

We are continuing to look for ways to reduce the impact of these products and of our total portfolio. Two thirds of our value chain GHG impacts are in consumer use, primarily heated water for showering and bathing, which is more difficult for us to influence. External factors such as decarbonising energy grids and effective carbon pricing will play a critical role in reducing GHG emissions, as well as product innovation and consumer-behaviour change.

One area where we can make a big difference to climate change, and where we will focus more of our efforts, is working to eliminate deforestation. This is an area where we can help move the wider industry towards transformational change and achieve a real impact on global greenhouse gases.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our manufacturing

  • By 2020 CO2 emissions from energy from our factories will be at or below 2008 levels despite significantly higher volumes. This represents a reduction of around 40% per tonne of production.

    Versus a 1995 baseline, this is a 63% reduction per tonne of production and a 43% absolute reduction.

  • We will more than double our use of renewable energy to 40% of our total energy requirement by 2020.

  • All newly built factories will aim to have less than half the impact of those in our 2008 baseline. 
  • 833,000 fewer tonnes of CO2 from energy produced in 2013 than in 2008 (a reduction of 32% per tonne of production).

    Compared to 1995, this represents a 62% reduction in absolute terms.

  • At end 2013 renewable energy contributed 27% of our total energy use compared to 15.8% in 2008.
  • New factories in India and Turkey started production in 2013. When fully operational each aims to achieve only half the emissions of CO2 from energy compared to a representative 2008 baseline.


† Independently assured by PwC

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from skin cleansing and 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.
  • Whilst we have made some limited progress overall this target remains challenging.


Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from washing clothes

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.
  • 14%‡ of our portfolio in our top 14 countries was made up of concentrated and compacted products in 2012, compared to our baseline of 4% in 2008.1
  • Over 95% (by volume) of our laundry powders in our top 14 countries have been reformulated, achieving a reduction of 15% in greenhouse gas emissions by end 2012.2
  • We communicate the benefits of low-temperature washing on our packs and online and are encouraging our consumers to use the right dosage. In Europe we became gold partners in the AISE “I prefer 30°” campaign.


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.

  • 18% improvement in CO2 efficiency since 2010. 9% improvement in CO2 efficiency and a 7% reduction in absolute terms in 2013 compared to 2012.**


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. When we launched our Plan in November 2010 we had already purchased 450,000 units with the new refrigerant.

  • We will purchase a further 850,000 units by 2015.
  • Nearly 270,000 climate-friendly freezers purchased in 2013, taking us to approximately 1.5 million and exceeding our target of 850,000.


Reduce energy consumption in our offices

  • By 2020 we will halve the energy (kWh) purchased per occupant for the offices in our top 21 countries versus 2010.
  • 13% reduction in energy (kWh) purchased per occupant since 2010.


Reduce employee travel

  • We are investing in advanced video conferencing facilities to make communication easier while reducing travel for our employees. By 2011 this network will cover more than 30 countries.
  • 54 countries were covered by end 2011.


† Independently assured by PwC

‡ Independently assured by PwC in 2013

1 As we have adjusted our reporting period from January to December 2012 to July 2012 to June 2013, we have not recalculated the % of concentrates in our top 14 countries as the calculation would show only a six month period and would not therefore be an accurate reflection of our progress.

2 In PwC’s assurance of this target they are able to assure that we have reduced GHG by 7% in our laundry products, based on data from our automated 2010 baseline. However, PwC has not reviewed the 2008-2009 data when a substantial part of this reformulation took place to enable us to reach 15%.

* Our environmental targets are expressed on a ‘per consumer use’ basis. This means a single use, portion or serving of a product. We have taken a lifecycle approach with a baseline of 2010.

** Cumulative improvement since 2010 is measured across our top 14 countries; annual improvement is measured in more than 50 countries.