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Unilever USA partners with NRG Energy to address global climate concerns

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Unilever USA announced its partnership with NRG Energy yesterday to demonstrate the importance of collaboration when addressing global climate concerns.

NRG will be charged with providing cost-effective and innovative technologies for onsite and offsite renewable generation so that all energy used at Unilever USA sites will be 100 percent clean by 2020.

The partnership strategically assists Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, which aims to double the size of Unilever’s business while reducing the company’s environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact.

Unilever USA already purchases its 100 percent renewable electricity from renewable energy certificates, or credits for using energy from third-party renewable sources.

By 2020, The company also plans to source all of its agricultural raw materials via sustainable means.

“Unilever, through its commitment to clean energy, is demonstrating in a truly meaningful way that it cares about its consumers and their well-being in a manner far beyond that of conventional companies seeking to sell products,” David Crane, president and CEO of NRG, said in a press release. “They also are demonstrating through actions, rather than just words, what being a leader in the clean energy economy means.”

“This transformational partnership with NRG to move all of our U.S. operations to 100 percent renewable energy will make our business more resilient, sustainable, and profitable,” said Kees Kruythoff, president of Unilever North America. “It is our hope and expectation that our collaboration with NRG will also inspire a broader acceleration and uptake of renewable energy technologies.”

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of food, home and personal care products, Unilever’s portfolio includes popular brands such as Axe, Dove, Suave, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Lipton and more. With nearly $9 million in sales in more than 190 countries last year, Unilver hopes to reach 1 billion people with its messages of health and well-being. The company is headquartered in Englewood Cliffs.

Headquartered in Princeton, NRG builds on the strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive power portfolio by providing cleaner energy choices such as solar and renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric energy solutions. A Fortune 500 company, NRG retail electricity providers serve almost 3 million residential and commercial customers across the U.S.

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