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Unilever’s New Climate Plan Puts Carbon Labels on 70,000 Products

The consumer giant is committing to reduce a large portion of its emissions to zero by 2039.

Boxes of Lipton tea sit on display in an Associated Supermarket in New York on July 9, 2007. 

Boxes of Lipton tea sit on display in an Associated Supermarket in New York on July 9, 2007. 

Photographer: Andrew Burton/Bloomberg

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Unilever NV is releasing a new set of climate goals that make it the most ambitious of any consumer goods company tackling carbon emissions. The maker of Dove skincare, Colman’s mustard, and Q-tips cotton swabs now aims to zero out all emissions from its own operations and those of its suppliers by 2039.

More than that, it’s going to show its work: each of the company’s 70,000 products will show on their labels how much greenhouse gas was emitted in the process of manufacturing and shipping them to consumers. The company is also committing to invest €1 billion ($1.1 billion) in climate-friendly initiatives over the next decade.