Treat the water we discharge effectively
Water treatment: We are working to implement new Nestlé Environmental Requirements for water quality and effluent discharge in all our factories.
By 2016 – Implement new Nestlé Environmental Requirements for water quality and effluent discharge in all factories.
We have further strengthened our requirements for water quality and effluent discharge. We reduced water discharges per tonne of product by 48.5% since 2005.
Ensuring that our factories meet the ambitious targets for discharged water quality from 2016 is a challenge. We have initiated a survey to identify gaps in our existing wastewater treatment infrastructure allowing us to focus investment on where it is needed most. The survey has highlighted some areas of improvement and also the need to strengthen our internal reporting and control systems. We also strive to continually improve our environmental performance through training of employees and raising awareness. Wherever possible, we use municipal wastewater treatment facilities, but where these are non-existent or not efficient enough, we invest in our own facilities, returning treated water to the environment according to local legislation and internal standards, whichever is more stringent. This year, we have approved a spend of CHF 18 million on new and improved treatment facilities.
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