Our commitment: Provide climate change leadership
By 2014 – Expand the use of natural refrigerants, which do not harm the ozone layer and have a negligible impact on climate change, in our industrial refrigeration systems.
By 2015 – All of our new ice cream chest freezers will use natural refrigerants.
By 2015 – To contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction, we will reduce our direct GHG emissions per tonne of product by 35% since 2005, resulting in an absolute reduction of GHG emissions.
During UN Climate Week 2014, Nestlé endorsed ambitious commitments on climate change. The pledges we made included signing up to:
- the UN Caring for Climate: The Business Leadership Platform statement;
- the Trillion Tonne Communiqué of the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group;
- the New York Declaration on Forests; and
- the six climate action initiatives of CDP on science-based GHG reduction targets, renewable electricity, deforestation, climate change information and engagement, and carbon pricing.
We began piloting Mind the Science, Mind the Gap methodology, a collaboration between the CDP, the World Resources Institute, UN Global Compact and the WWF to engage companies in setting science-based GHG reduction targets.
By the end of 2014, we had phased out 92% of our industrial refrigerants (2013: 93%), replacing them with natural refrigerants. This slight decrease is due to some divestitures of installations using natural refrigerants. Our new horizontal ice cream chest freezers, which represent 70% of Nestlé’s total spend on freezers, now consume 50% less energy.
We have reduced our direct GHG emissions per tonne of product by 40% since 2005, achieving an absolute reduction of 11.4% and taking us 5% ahead of our 2015 target (2013: direct GHG emissions declined 35% between 2005 and 2013), while production increased by 48% since 2005.
Our commitment to providing climate change leadership goes far beyond just reducing air emissions. It also includes responsible water stewardship; striving for zero waste; using energy and resources efficiently; switching to cleaner fuels; investing in renewable energy sources; optimising distribution networks; and helping to adapt agricultural and production systems to the changing climate.
Although business is only part of the solution, we are eager to participate at a wider, collaborative level, which is why we support a range of industry and multi-agency initiatives. We also work with farmers to help them adapt to climate change, and we help consumers to reduce energy consumption and emissions when preparing their food.