Our net zero target is a long-term value chain target and applies to our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions (‘our GHG emissions’). In line with the SBTi’s approach, the GHG emissions included in the scope of our net zero target exclude the indirect consumer use emissions associated with our products. We intend to submit our net zero target to SBTi for validation ahead of the publication of our updated Climate Transition Action Plan in 2024.
In 2022, our GHG emissions in the scope of our net zero target increased by 2%, versus 2021. The progress we have made in reducing GHG emissions from our operations, packaging, logistics, and our retail emissions, was offset by an increase in emissions from raw materials and ingredients and an increase in direct consumer use emissions.
The complex nature of our business, operating across many categories, product formats and geographies, means that our pathway to net zero will consist of a significant number of initiatives which tackle our biggest emissions sources. The work we have undertaken in 2022 has helped us to clarify and prioritise these initiatives within each of our five Business Groups and across our value chain. Going forward, our focus will be on scaling these initiatives over the short to medium term to deliver annual absolute GHG emission reductions.
Raw materials and ingredients represent the largest proportion of our GHG emissions at 59%. As these emissions are outside our direct control, we are collaborating closely with our suppliers. In 2021, we launched the Unilever Supplier Climate Programme which aims to accelerate the decarbonisation of our shared supply chains across raw materials and ingredients and packaging materials.
We are targeting 300 priority suppliers for this programme and during 2022, we ran a pilot with 35 raw material suppliers of varying sizes and climate maturities, covering a range of industries and geographies. Suppliers participating in the pilot were able to build their climate knowledge and develop expert capabilities to calculate and share their GHG emissions data. The feedback from this pilot is informing the roll-out and scale-up of this important programme in 2023.
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