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Dove Climate Change

Climate change

At Dove, we want to play our part in the global movement to create a low-carbon economy. We’re increasing our use of renewable energy in manufacturing as we move towards reducing our carbon footprint and becoming carbon positive by 2030. To help the fight, Unilever has set sustainability goals; most importantly, a science-based target to halve the greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of our products across their lifecycle by 2030.

Renewable factory energy 

Our Beauty Bars are all about care and we make every stage of making them as environmentally friendly as we can, for the protection of the planet. We’re working towards powering the process with only renewable energy: our USA and Germany sites already use 100% renewable energy through wind and solar sources, and our Indonesian site is switching to sustainable biomass. 

And it’s not just our Beauty Bar factories. Take our Aguai factory, which makes our deodorants for Brazil: it has been built to maximize natural light, is powered by renewable energy, sends zero non-hazardous waste to landfill, and collects and purifies rainwater to meet 60% of the factory’s needs. We think that’s impressive progress — but it’s also our responsibility as a sustainable development company.

Transporting our products

As part of Unilever, we’re committed to using as many green shipping methods as possible, always on the lookout for ways to reduce carbon emissions globally. Innovative technology, lower-emission fuels and switching from road to rail are just some of the ways we’ve been able to reduce our environmental impact and create more sustainable production. Unilever also uses an innovative app to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They match companies needing transport for products with trucking companies that have spare capacity — an ingenious idea that means as many as half of the lorries we manage in Europe benefit from this clever ‘ride sharing’ app. And we’re ensuring that the trucks themselves are more environmentally friendly too. By switching to liquid nitrogen gas (LNG), a lower emission fuel, we can reduce emissions like carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide by a huge amount compared to traditional diesel fuels. And to support that, we’re building five new LNG stations to support more trucks — with one near our Dove factory in Mannheim, Germany – so that all our Beauty Bars can get to you from across Europe with a lower carbon and climate footprint. 

Reducing our carbon footprint

Caring for the planet and cutting carbon emissions isn’t always easy, but for us it’s hugely important. That’s why we make sure we’re using environmental strategies at every stage — from our sustainable supply chain and finding the best ways to help counter climate change, to developing products using renewable energy.

For over 25 years now, we’ve worked with Unilever’s Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre (SEAC) to develop and refine the best ways to reduce our environmental impact. Around 170 world-class scientists work side-by-side with our Research and Development teams to ensure the safety and environmental sustainability of our products and help protect the planet. With renewable energy sources, reduced water use and zero non-hazardous waste to landfills, we’re completely committed to environmental protection. We are dedicated to halving the environmental footprint of our products across our entire supply chain, from the sourcing of our ingredients to how our products are used and disposed of. It informs everything we do. It’s the Dove mission.

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