Unilever has revealed that all of its UK manufacturing sites are 100% powered by electricity generated from certified renewable sources. The global consumer goods firm became the dedicated beneficiary of energy sourced from a Scottish Highlands-based wind farm in April. The 23 turbines located in Lochluichart deliver 165GWh – 87% of the farms total output – of renewable electricity to 15 UK Unilever sites. The excess 24GWh of power generated at the farm are also sold-off under a retail tariff to local communities. The new deal builds on Unilever’s previous agreement with Eneco in the Netherlands, which has seen a North Sea windfarm generate energy for Unilever since the New Year. Both deals mean Unilever’s UK business now sources 100% of its electricity from certified renewable sources. Across its entire global business, Unilever generates 63% of its grid energy from renewable sources.
Edie 23rd May 2017 read more »
In 2008, Gregor Robertson campaigned for election as Vancouver’s mayor with a promise to make the city the greenest in the world. He was elected in a landslide – 55 percent of the vote – and speedily began concocting a plan to achieve that promise. In 2011, his Greenest City 2020 Action Plan was published. It’s not short on detail – running to 82 pages, and covering every aspect of city life from food and water to transportation and buildings. It has ten goal areas, each with several specific targets for 2020. Under green transportation, for example, the city wants to make more than 50 percent of trips conducted by foot, bicycle or public transit and reduce the average distance driven per resident by 20 percent from 2007 levels. a recent pledge to go 100% renewable underlining just how seriously this transformation is being taken. And the indices appear to be moving in the right direction, so as long as Robertson (who was reelected in 2011 and 2014 with only a slightly decreased majority) can stay the course then there’s no reason why Vancouver can’t achieve its goal of becoming the greenest city in the world.
10:10 (accessed) 23rd May 2017 read more »