Nestlé is a strong supporter of sustainable and efficient energy use: over the last ten years, Nestlé has reduced its energy consumption per tonne of product by 42% and its greenhouse gas emissions by 50%. Nestlé believes that any decision on the use of energy sources must be based on a systematic cost benefit and life cycle analysis, taking into consideration the social and environmental impact, including the effects on food prices and water.
The current production of biofuel relies on the extensive use of food and feed crops such as maize and wheat. This has already led to significant price increases and created food shortages for millions of consumers from lower-income groups for whom basic foodstuffs need to be affordable.
The large scale expansion of these agricultural raw materials for biofuel production will aggravate the problem of water scarcity therefore Nestlé is opposed to the introduction of widespread production incentives and subsidies for current forms of biofuel.
Nestlé encourages continued research on credible alternatives especially with materials that have no impact on the availability and affordability of food crops such as agricultural and industrial by-products, algae or wood. In the meantime, Nestlé will continue to improve its own performance to bring about the best possible results for the environment.
Read more about Nestlé's commitment on biofuels (pdf, 194 kb)
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