Factories of the future

Location: Global

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
  • Gender balance & diversity
May 8, 2014, updated May 2014

Factories of the future
Factories of the future:Making Nestlé products better for the environment along their value chain.

Our goal is that Nestlé products will not only be tastier and healthier, but also better for the environment along their value chain. It’s a challenge we approach by identifying areas for improvement at every stage from farm to factory, to consumer and beyond.

We’ve set our sights on a clear set of goals covering the following areas:

  • Improve resource efficiency;
  • Improve the environmental performance of our packaging;
  • Assess and optimise the environmental impact of our products;
  • Provide climate change leadership;
  • Preserve natural capital, including forests; and
  • Provide meaningful and accurate environmental information and dialogue.

Programme description

Our new CHF 51.8 million (GBP 35 million) Nestlé Waters factory in Buxton, UK, is one of Europe’s most innovative and efficient bottling facilities. Rated ‘Excellent’ by BREEAM, the world’s leading design and assessment method for more sustainable buildings, the production lines have enabled our water business to significantly lower its energy use and to cut packaging by an average 25% across the Buxton and Pure Life ranges.

At the official opening, Lord de Mauley, a UK Environment Minister, said: “This investment will ensure Buxton remains the home of Nestlé Waters’ bottling facilities long into the future, which is good news for the local community, the economy and the environment.”

Meanwhile, in California, Nestlé Waters has introduced two wind turbines at its bottling plant in Cabazon. In our first-ever wind energy project, the turbines will provide wind power for up to 30% of the facility, offsetting CO2eq emissions, equivalent to more than 20,000 barrels of oil.

Value to Society

Our factories provide decent work opportunities for many people. Investing in our factories not only allow us to meet our commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices; it is also an investment in our employees and the community we operate in.

Value to Nestlé

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