WASHINGTON (November 27, 2015)—Yesterday, Unilever announced a number of new sustainability commitments ahead of the Paris climate talks (COP21), including a goal to become "carbon positive" by 2030.

The company announced the following goals for its operations:

  • Source 100% of total energy across its operations from renewable sources by 2030;
  • Source all electricity purchased from the grid from renewable sources by 2020;
  • Eliminate coal from its energy mix by 2020; and
  • Directly support the generation of more renewable energy than it consumes and make the surplus available to the markets and communities in which it operates.

Following is a statement by Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute:

“Unilever’s goal of becoming a carbon positive company is both audacious and inspiring. This action, supported by strong goals, demonstrates a level of commitment that raises the bar for others. Unilever has long been on the leading edge of sustainability, including increasing its reliance on renewable energy, a commitment to set Science Based Targets, and a goal to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain. Indeed, it is no longer enough to 'do better,' companies must 'do enough' in the face of today’s global challenges. Coming just ahead of the Paris climate talks, Unilever is among a growing number of companies pushing to accelerate the shift to a strong, climate-safe economy.”