Unilever installs solar panel in distribution depot

Published : 29 Nov 2022 07:47 PM

Unilever Bangladesh Limited (UBL) inaugurated its first solar panel installation for the warehouse depot at Bogura. 

Through this solar panel installation, UBL started its journey to convert its distribution network to renewable energy in Bangladesh. The solar installation in the depot will produce 53,560 KWhr of electricity annually. This will also help UBL get closer to its long-term objective of cutting carbon emissions by 202 tonnes over the next 15 years.  

UBL started to include renewable energy by installing Solar on the roof of its largest production facility at Kalurghat, Chattogram 11 year ago. 

Bangladesh has one of the most successful off-grid renewable energy programmes globally. However, renewable energy only makes up 3% of the national energy mix. UBL has been pioneering sustainability initiatives in the country since its inception and transforming its operation to become future fit. Including solar in its distribution depot is another example of such a vision and to reach its objective UBL has partnered with SOLshare.

Zaved Akhtar, CEO and Managing Director, Ruhul Quddus, Supply Chain Director, Dilruba Ahmed Senior Manager, National Logistics of UBL team were present to inaugurate the facility. Dr. Sebastian Groh, Managing Director and Co-Founder of SOLshare was present as well. 

At the inauguration event, Zaved Akhtar, CEO and Managing Director, Unilever Bangladesh, said, “When it comes to climate action, every tonne of carbon counts. That is why we have carefully measured our greenhouse gas footprint to understand where our emissions come from and target our efforts on our journey to decarbonise our business.