Unilever solar water heaters in South Africa
Facilitate wider access to solar water heating.
In developing economies many people cannot afford basic essentials such as hot water. Unilever is a global personal care company that is committed to doubling in size while reducing its environmental impact. More than half its customers are in developing economies, a proportion that is growing. It is looking at ways to help those new customers be more sustainable from the start – the majority of the company’s carbon footprint is in customers’ use of its products such as heating water for cleaning.
Unilever is facilitating the provision of solar water heating to low-income homes in South Africa. Partnering with Standard Bank and installer Inti-Solar, and using the power of its Sunlight brand, 8,000 solar water heaters are being installed in the Durban area.