Resource efficiency

Our commitment: Improve resource efficiency in our operations

Our commitment: Improve resource efficiency in our operations

Our objectives

Our aim is to do more with fewer resources and less waste to help preserve natural resources.

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 2012, we set ourselves the objective of achieving zero waste for disposal by 2015, which we reached in 2013, two years early (2013: 56 factories, 11%). This accomplishment was maintained in 2014, with 15% of Nestlé factories (72 in total) achieving zero waste for disposal.

Our overall energy consumption per tonne of product has been cut by 26% since 2005 – taking us 1% ahead of our 2015 target – (2013: 23%) and reduced in every product category.

Our perspective

By improving efficiency, quality and productivity, we can do more with fewer resources and less waste. Waste for disposal is defined as any material that arises during the manufacture or distribution of a product that is destined for final disposal to offsite landfill or incineration without energy recovery. Our overall ambition is to work towards zero waste for disposal, where no factory waste goes to landfill or is incinerated without energy recovered, and to maximise the value of remaining by-products. In 2014, we launched a new toolkit to help factories achieve zero waste for disposal. In many countries, we face challenges to improving our resource efficiency due to a lack of public waste recovery and recycling infrastructure, as well as instances where we are required by local legislation to send certain materials to landfill.

Improving resource efficiency in our operations contributes to our broader efforts to reduce food waste along our value chain. We are introducing the Nestlé Commitment on Food Waste in early 2015. We are also proactively contributing to the development of the World Resources Institute’s Food Loss and Waste Measurement Protocol that will be issued in 2015.

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2013 data has been restated due to some of our large joint ventures reporting environmental data for the first time in 2013 but not having material consumption data available at the time.