NRG Energy and Unilever Announce Formation of Strategic Partnership on …

May 7, 2014 by  
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PRINCETON, N.J. ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), and Unilever United States, Inc. today
announced the formation of a strategic partnership that revolutionizes
the relationship between the energy and consumer products sectors, and
further demonstrates the importance of collaboration to tackle global
challenges. The partnership aligns with the Unilever Sustainable Living
Plan, which is the company’s global blueprint for sustainable growth
that aims to double the size of Unilever’s business while reducing the
company’s environmental footprint and increasing its positive social

Unilever U.S. already purchases 100% of its electricity from renewable
sources for all of its sites through renewable energy certificates
(RECs), which are credits for using energy from third-party renewable
sources. Now, through this novel partnership, NRG will help Unilever
take the next step beyond RECs by providing solutions for onsite and
offsite renewable generation resulting in 100% clean energy for all
energy use at Unilever U.S. sites by 2020.

Through the partnership, NRG will employ various alternative energy
technologies that will be scalable and transferable to other industry
sectors. This approach will further demonstrate NRG’s commitment to
creating a sustainable energy future for companies and consumers. The
innovative and cost-effective solutions developed through this
partnership will further position Unilever as an industry leader in
sustainable operations.

“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. They also are demonstrating through actions, rather
than just words, what being a leader in the clean energy economy means,”
said David Crane, President and CEO of NRG. “We, at NRG, are very proud
to be Unilever’s partner in this journey to a future that we will be
proud to bequeath to our children.”

“We are making good progress on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan in
the U.S., but we must do more to drive system change,” said Kees
Kruythoff, President, Unilever North America. “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. It is our hope and expectation that our collaboration with
NRG will also inspire a broader acceleration and uptake of renewable
energy technologies.”

NRG and Unilever will share periodic updates on the progress of the

About Unilever United States, Inc.

Unilever [NYSE: UL or UN] is one of the world’s leading suppliers of
Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in more than 190
countries. Working to create a better future every day, we help people
feel good, look good and get more out of life. In the United States, the
portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Ben Jerry’s, Bertolli,
Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp Hair Therapy, Consort For Men, Country
Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Fruttare, Good Humor,
Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Just for Me!, Klondike,
Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Motions, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s,
Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Ragú, Simple, Slim-Fast, St. Ives, Suave,
TIGI, TONIGUY Hair Meet Wardrobe, TRESemmé and Vaseline. All of the
preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the
Unilever Group of Companies.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, while reducing our
overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and
disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to
helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health
and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably
by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact.
Supporting our three big goals, we have defined seven pillars,
underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic
areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at

Unilever employs approximately 10,000 people in the United States –
generating nearly $9 billion in sales in 2013. For more information,
connect with us on Facebook and follow @unileverusa on Twitter.

About NRG

NRG is leading a customer-driven change in the U.S. energy industry by
delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices, while building on the
strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive power
portfolio. A Fortune 500 company, we create value through reliable and
efficient conventional generation while driving innovation in solar and
renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology
and customer-centric energy solutions. Our retail electricity providers
serve almost 3 million residential and commercial customers throughout
the country. More information is available at
Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

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