Climate change leadership

Our commitment: Provide climate change leadership



Our commitment: Provide climate change leadership

With the highest carbon dioxide levels since the Industrial Revolution, the resulting changes in climate may threaten global food security in general, and our business in particular. The long-term supply of safe, high-quality ingredients may be affected as yields fall and production areas shift; and manufacturing or distributing food products may be hampered by extreme weather events. That’s why reducing air emissions and adapting to climate change are integrated into our risk management processes and why our response is a holistic one.


Our objectives

By 2015: Reduce our direct GHG emissions per tonne of product by 35% versus 2005, resulting in an absolute reduction of GHG emissions.

By 2015: All our new ice cream chest freezers will use natural refrigerants.

By 2016: All our new ice cream chest, upright and island freezers will use natural refrigerants.

By 2016: 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 2017: All our new refrigerated trucks will use natural refrigerants.

By 2020: All new proprietary cold beverage dispensers of Nestlé Professional will use natural refrigerants.

By 2020: Reduce GHG emissions (scope 1 and 2) per tonne of product in every product category to achieve an overall reduction of 35% in our manufacturing operations versus 2010.

By 2020: Reduce GHG emissions per tonne of product by 10% in our distribution operations versus 2014.

By 2020: Reduce GHG emissions per tonne of product by 10% in the 100 major warehouses we use versus 2014.


Our progress

We surpassed our 2015 objective by reducing direct GHG emissions per tonne of product by 42.7% versus 2005, resulting in an absolute reduction of 14%. We continue to improve efficiency and productivity, saving energy, switching to cleaner fuels and utilising sustainably managed renewable energy sources.

Direct GHG emissions (kg of CO2eq/tonne of product)

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Year 2013 2014 2015
kg of CO2eq/tonne of product 78 73 68

We are phasing out synthetic refrigerants with high global warming and ozone-depleting potential such as HFCs, and have invested CHF 289 since 1992 to replace them with natural alternatives in our industrial refrigeration systems. We have also expanded the use of natural refrigerants by installing 33 new refrigeration systems. For example, in 2015, we inaugurated our first carbon dioxide/ammonia cascade cold store in the Greater China region, supporting the company’s global public commitment to use natural refrigerants in all low-temperature applications. We also extended our pledge to only use natural refrigerants in all new commercial horizontal ice-cream chest freezers to all upright and island freezers worldwide. At the end of 2015, all new ice-cream chest freezers – which represent 70% of our total spend on freezers – used natural refrigerants.

Nestlé’s actions to tackle climate change have been recognised by sustainability ratings agency CDP, which awarded the company a maximum score of 100 A in its annual industry ranking.

Our new 2020 objective to reduce GHG emissions per tonne of product from our manufacturing operations by 35% versus 2010 is consistent with science requirements to limit warming to less than 2°C. It reflects our efforts to further reduce direct and indirect GHG emissions and increase our use of renewable electricity, in line with the outcome of the 2015 Paris UN Climate Change Conference (COP21). We will report on progress against our new objectives next year.


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