Resource efficiency

Our commitment:
Improve resource efficiency

Waste reduction in focus
Waste reduction in focus: We pledge to achieve zero waste in Europe by 2020. It means that no factory waste will go to landfill or be incinerated, without energy being recovered from the process.

Our objectives

By 2015 – We will achieve zero waste for disposal in 10% of our factories.

By 2015 – We will reduce energy consumption per tonne of product in every product category to achieve an overall reduction of 25% since 2005.

Our progress

In 2013, 61 Nestlé factories (12%) achieved zero waste for disposal (2012: 39 factories, 8%). This means we achieved the objective we set ourselves in 2012 two years early. We have also reduced overall energy consumption per tonne of product by 23% since 2005 (2012: 21%).

Our perspective

The Nestlé Environmental Management System (NEMS), used to implement the Nestlé Policy on Environmental Sustainability, is based on a continual improvement management cycle. The effectiveness of NEMS rests on the use of practices provided by our Nestlé Continuous Excellence (NCE) initiative. By applying these practices, we improve our efficiency, quality and productivity, which translates into doing more with fewer resources and less waste. Our challenge is that, in many countries, public waste recovery and recycling infrastructure are insufficiently developed.

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