Climate change is one of society's greatest challenges. It is also one of the greatest risks to the future of our business.
Solving it requires all of us to act with great urgency. Nestlé may be only one player, but we have the size, scale and reach to influence many more and to inspire collective action.
We will halve our greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050 – even as our business continues to grow.
From now until 2025, we will accelerate and expand the work already undertaken to achieve a 20% reduction in emissions. Between 2025 and 2030, we will transform our operations to achieve a 50% reduction of emissions. And finally, from 2030 to 2050, we will work to balance our emissions by exploring how we offset any remaining emissions through high-quality carbon removal projects or innovation, the result of which will be net zero emissions.
To achieve those milestones we are taking action across agriculture, our operations and products, including:
- Protecting trees and landscapes that help absorb carbon and planting 20 million trees every year for the next 10 years.
- Working with farmers to shift to regenerative ways of growing ingredients for food, including for the products we produce.
- Ending deforestation in our primary supply chains by 2022.
- Completing the transition to 100% renewable electricity in the 187 countries where we operate by 2025.
- Increasing the number of 'carbon neutral' brands to give consumers the opportunity to contribute to the fight against climate change.
Our net zero roadmap
2018–2021: Our path to regeneration for future generations
Solving the problem means identifying the problem. We found Nestlé emitted 92 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018*. Now we know the extent, we know the road ahead.
Companies and their emissions grow over time. That’s why we’re promising to be net zero based on our 2018 baseline, no matter how much our company grows.
Nestlé’s in-scope GHG emissions by operation million tonnes of CO2e, in 2018
|Sourcing our ingredients||65.6||71.4%|
|Scope 1, 2 & 3|
|Manufacturing our products||7.0||7.7%|
|Packaging our products||11.0||11.9%|
|Travel and employee commuting||0.8||0.8%|
|Figures have been rounded.|
*Total GHG emissions were 113 million tonnes (CO2 equivalent) in 2018, 92 of which are in scope of our UN 1.5°C pledge.
2021–2025: Moving faster
By 2025, we will reduce our emissions by 20%
We’re excited to hit the soil running. We’re accelerating our work in manufacturing, packaging and carbon-neutral brands. We’re also investing CHF 1.2 billion to help spark regenerative agriculture across our supply chain, as part of a total investment of CHF 3.2 billion by 2025.
100% deforestation free for primary supply chain by 2022
Switch our global car fleet to lower emission options by 2022
100% certified sustainable palm oil by 2023
100% renewable electricity in all our sites by 2025
100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025
100% certified sustainable cocoa and coffee by 2025
Source 20% of key ingredients through regenerative agricultural methods by 2025
Cut virgin plastic in our packaging by a third by 2025
Plant 20 million trees a year
Nestlé Waters becomes carbon neutral by 2025
2025–2030: Scaling up
By 2030, we will reduce our emissions by 50%
Further down the greener path, we will invest in new technologies and fundamental changes to our products and businesses around the globe.
Use more renewable thermal energy in our manufacturing
Source 50% of key ingredients through regenerative agricultural methods by 2030
Plant 200 million trees by 2030
2030–2050: Delivering our promise
By 2050, we will reach net zero
Advanced agricultural techniques will deliver a regenerative food system at scale, supported by zero emission logistics and company operations.
We will balance any remaining emissions through high-quality natural climate solutions that benefit people and the planet.