Our commitment: Improve resource efficiency in our operations
To do more with fewer resources and generate less waste, we use the most efficient technologies and processes to further optimise energy and water consumption; use sustainably managed renewable energy sources; recover value from by-products; and minimise greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In 2015, we launched the Nestlé Commitment to reduce food loss and waste, and played a leading role in developing the Consumer Goods Forum’s Resolution against food wastage.
By 2015: Reduce energy consumption per tonne of product in every product category to achieve an overall reduction of 25% versus 2005.
By 2015: Achieve zero waste for disposal in 10% of our factories.
By 2020: Achieve zero waste for disposal in our sites.
We exceeded our 2015 objective by reducing energy consumption per tonne of product by 29% since 2005. This ratio improved across all but one product category; this was due to significant changes in our pet litter business, including the recent internalisation of certain manufacturing processes previously done externally. However, these changes resulted in substantial environmental benefits when evaluated across the entire life cycle. Over the last decade, we also reduced our waste for disposal generated in our factories by 62% through recycling, composting and energy recovery.
With 22% of factories achieving zero waste for disposal, we surpassed our 2015 goal and are now working towards zero waste for disposal in our sites by 2020.
We also retained our industry-leading position in the ‘environmental dimension’ of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Series, scoring 99 out of 100.