Climate change leadership

Our commitment: Provide climate change leadership

Our commitment: Provide climate change leadership

Our objectives

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.

Our progress

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 perspective

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.

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