Our goal is to halve the greenhouse gas impact of our products across the lifecycle by 2030. The GHG emissions associated with consumers using our products is a large part of our footprint. Our strategy commits us to drive transformational change to eliminate deforestation from global supply chains, roll out our Climate Smart Agriculture approach to help the farmers and suppliers we source from reduce their GHG emissions, switch to energy efficient ice cream freezers and advocate public policy to tackle climate change. We are also designing products which are less GHG intensive and helping consumers to live more sustainably.
Our manufacturing operations play a major role in our efforts. We have cut CO2 from energy by over 40% in our operations since 2008.
In November 2015 we announced a new target to be carbon positive within our operations by 2030. This means 100% of our energy across our operations will come from renewable sources, and with partners we intend to directly support the generation of more renewable energy than we need for our own operations, making the surplus available to the markets and communities in which we operate.
When it comes to reducing the environmental impact of how consumers use our products, we continue to find this difficult. The greenhouse gas impact of our products across their lifecycle, including consumer use, continues to edge up and has now increased by around 8% since 2010.
Over the last six years we have learned which levers we can pull on our own to effect change, and where we rely on the much slower process of system change.
When it comes to effecting change on our own, we have designed products which contain less GHG-intensive ingredients, eg by removing phosphates from laundry detergents. But over 60% of our products’ GHG impact is linked to consumer use, mainly heating water for showering. This is more difficult for us to influence as it depends on a range of external factors, such as the energy supplied to homes, and here we are reliant on wider system change.