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All About Our Action On Climate Change

Urgent global action is needed to tackle the climate emergency. The science is clear: we must keep global warming to no more than 1.5⁰C above pre-industrial levels to prevent the worst effects of climate change, which would have a devastating impact on people and environments around the world.

At Sure, we are committed to finding solutions. As part of the Unilever family, we’re taking action to reduce our climate impact in many different ways: from using renewable energy, to transforming our transportation and reducing our carbon footprint. Let’s take a look at some of those areas in more detail.

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Using renewable energy

What are our ambitions?

Across Unilever we’re determined to make a difference by switching to renewable energy sources. To achieve our ambitious target of becoming carbon positive by 2030, we’re eliminating fossil fuels from our operations, and directly supporting the generation of more renewable energy than we consume.

How are we making a difference?

All of Sure’s in-house deodorant factories use 100% renewable grid electricity. In fact, globally, all Unilever factories, offices, R&D facilities, data centres, warehouses and distribution centres do the same. We’re also supporting the development of local renewable energy markets by championing solar, wind, hydropower and geothermal sources of energy. In addition, we generate our own power through on-site solar installations at factories in 23 countries.

All of Sure’s in-house deodorant factories use 100% renewable grid electricity. 

You can keep moving, safe in the knowledge that your Rexona deodorant is produced using renewable grid electricity.

Transforming our transportation

What are our ambitions?

Unilever’s distribution network currently transports our finished goods over 1.5 billion kilometres each year from our factories to the places where they’re sold. To help reduce our total carbon footprint across Unilever, we’re rethinking every aspect of our distribution and exploring more eco-efficient ways to get our products to you.

How are we making a difference?

We’ve reduced the distances we need to travel by increasing our number of distribution centres, and working with our logistics partners to plan smarter routes and fill our trucks more effectively. This means we can transport more goods in one go, with less wasted space and journeys. As an example, in Europe we’ve optimised the design of our pallets to transform how we stack our products for distribution. This will reduce CO2 emissions generated by Unilever's product transportation in Europe by 30% in just 1 year. We’re also looking into using more efficient vehicles that use alternative fuels with lower carbon emissions.

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Reducing our carbon footprint

What are our ambitions?

We’re proud to support Unilever’s ambitious goals. Together we aim to halve the greenhouse gas impact of our products by 2030. This includes all phases of our product lifecycle, ingredients and raw materials, manufacturing, distribution, retail, packaging, consumer use and disposal. Furthermore, we’re determined to reduce our direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 100% from our own operations, which is part of our bold ambition to become carbon positive in our manufacturing by 2030.

How are we making a difference?

By improving our energy efficiency, embracing clean new technologies and switching to renewable energy sources, we’ve already significantly reduced our carbon footprint. Yet we also know that we can’t create a low-carbon economy alone. So we’re using our role as industry leaders to influence wider change and accelerating climate action with partners, suppliers and governments.

We’re taking a range of initiatives to reduce the greenhouse gases that result from the materials and packaging used in the production of our products. We’re introducing recycled aluminium in our aerosols. We’re exploring new technologies to replace our current materials and processes. We’re developing reusable and refillable product concepts. And through our ‘Less & Better Plastic’ programme, we’re developing lightweight deodorant spray nozzles, introducing recycled plastic (PCR) across our products, reducing the amount of plastic we use, and developing new packaging that’s easier to recycle.

Just like you, at Sure we never stand still. We’re doing everything we can to reduce our emissions, reduce our waste and drive progress towards a low-carbon, sustainable future for our planet. With your help, we know we’ll get there.