Unilever has topped an energy efficiency index of Britain’s largest companies.

The Marmite and Pot Noodle maker was placed first of 350 British-based companies for its track record on saving energy and reducing its carbon output.

The fmcg giant led a strong showing for the grocery trade. Morrisons was the highest placed retailer in third, one spot behind telecoms giant BT. Tesco was named eighth, with Marks & Spencer two places further back at 10.

The new FTSE carbon strategy index is compiled by energy consultancy ENDS Carbon using data from the Carbon Disclosure Project – a database of corporate climate change information.

Unilever's record of reducing emissions was described as "superb".

The company has plans in place to cut its emissions by a quarter by 2012 and says it has already seen a 20% carbon efficiency improvement in the past three years. Earlier this year it was named the greenest of the world's largest fmcg manufacturers in the Tomorrow's Value Ratings.

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