Unilever to eliminate fossil fuels from cleaning products
Unilever, which owns Omo, Cif, Sunlight and Domestos brands, said that instead of petrochemicals the products would substitute constituents created from plants and other biological sources, marine sources such as algae and waste materials.
Chemicals used in its cleaning and laundry products consist of 46% of the company’s Home Care division’s carbon emissions across their lifecycle and the switch - which Unilever said it is the first company to commit to - will reduce emissions by a fifth.
Unilever’s total greenhouse gas footprint is about 100 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents globally. Unilever, which is the maker of Dove soap and Knorr soup, is facing unprecedented demand for cleaning products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It reported in July that Cif surface cleaners and Demestos bleach sales increased in the double-digits in the first half of 2020.
“People want more affordable sustainable products that are just as good as conventional ones,” commented Peter ter Kulve, Unilever’s President of Home Care. “We must stop pumping carbon from under the ground when there is ample carbon on and above the ground if we can learn to utilise it at scale.”
Unilever aims to decrease carbon emissions from its own operations and its suppliers to zero by 2039, a plan that is 11 years ahead of a deadline enshrined in the 2015 Paris Agreement on combating global warming. Unilever has confirmed that its 1 billion euro investment would be used to finance biotechnology research and carbon dioxide utilisation and create biodegradable and water-efficient product formulations. New products under its Persil brand, reformulated to use plant-based stain removers, will appear on UK supermarket shelves from this month.
Canoo Awards Manufacturing Contract to VDL Nedcar
Canoo, a trailblazing company in the electric vehicle (EVs) manufacturing industry, has officially announced owned and contract manufacturing plans that will ensure the company manages to deliver on its promise to consumers of production and delivery of vehicles in Q4, 2022.
During the company’s first Investor Relations Day, Chairman & CEO of Canoo, Tony Aquila, named VDL Nedcar as its contract manufacturing partner. VDL Nedcar, which I’m sure many of you will already have heard of, is the only independent Vehicle Contract Manufacturer in the Netherlands and has enjoyed fifty years of growth under owners, including Mitsubishi Motors and Volvo cars. According to the report, Nedcar will manufacture the Lifestyle Vehicle for the United States and European Union markets, while Canoo builds a US-based mega micro-factory.
"We conducted an exhaustive search, invested significant amounts of time and resources that span the globe, in our search for our Phase 1 contract manufacturer. VDL Nedcar is the right partner," said Tony Aquila, Investor, Chairman and CEO of Canoo, Inc. "They are the top trusted European manufacturer building high-quality products for leading OEMs, and they significantly outcompeted the other contenders. VDL is also independently owned by the van der Leegte family of entrepreneurs - which aligns with our commitment to support businesses that form the backbone of communities. This strategic partnership will enable us to deliver vehicles to market while we build our Phase 2 factory in Oklahoma. It also strongly positions us for geographic expansion in Europe and builds a lasting relationship with VDL Groep of companies. Our investment will help us scale quickly and fulfil our mission to bring affordable, purpose-built EVs to Everyone."
Canoo and VDL have already gotten to work on vehicle manufacturability and production planning so that Canoo can successfully lay the groundwork for its upcoming US manufacturing operations expansion, which will be completed in Oklahoma in 2022. The Nedcar facility currently expected to produce around 1000 units for both the US and European markets in 2022, with an additional 15000 targeted for the following year.
"Canoo's bold approach to designing and building electric vehicles makes them an ideal partner as we work together to shape the future of mobility," said John van Soerland, CEO of VDL Nedcar. "This partnership advances our strategic vision to provide a contract manufacturing solution and expand our expertise in the EV arena."
Currently, Canoo is entering its GAMMA phase of development and is on track to start production soon. The company intends and expects to launch its Lifestyle Vehicle in Q4 2022, closely followed by the Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle and Pickup Truck.
Watch this space.