Using renewable energy

Country: Mexico

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
  • Gender balance & diversity
Sep 1, 2013, updated September 2013

Using renewable energy
Aiming for zero CO2 emissions:Nestlé is the first food company in Mexico to meet almost all its electricity needs from renewable sources.

As we work towards our long-term ambition of zero GHG emissions, we’ve committed to reduce direct GHG emissions per tonne of product by 35% by 2015, resulting in an absolute reduction compared to 2005.

By investing in renewable sources, improving energy efficiency and switching to cleaner fuels, we have reduced direct GHG emissions by 16% since 2003, to 4 million tonnes of CO2eq (2012: 3.7 million tonnes of CO2eq). In the same period, production volume has risen by 56%.

Per tonne of product, direct GHG emissions have reduced by 35.4% (to 76 kg CO2eq; 2012: 78 kg) since 2005 – an absolute reduction of 7.4%.

Nestlé is the first food company in Mexico to meet almost all its electricity needs from renewable sources.

Programme description

Following the adoption of wind power (which now meets 85% of Nestlé Mexico’s electricity needs), the Chiapa de Corzo Coffee Mate factory has invested CHF 240,000 in a major solar energy project.

This is a win for energy efficiency and GHG reduction, and another step towards the factory’s ultimate goal of zero CO2 emissions.

The result is a new water heating system of 380 solar panels, heat exchangers and pumps. This preheats water for the production process and reduces the use of steam – saving the factory 1,592 GJ a year (equivalent to 123 tonnes of CO2) and generating an annual cost saving of CHF 30,000.

In 2013, the project won a prestigious award from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the learnings have been shared with solar energy projects in other Nestlé factories.

Value to Society

Value to Nestlé

Next Steps

Our long-term ambition is to have zero GHG emissions. By 2015, we’ve committed to achieve 25% energy efficiency improvements and to reduce GHG emissions per tonne of product by 35% compared to 2005.