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Climate change leadership

We have an opportunity to address climate change not only by making our company more sustainable, but by helping others in our supply chain do the same.

Our commitment

Provide climate change leadership

Why it matters

Climate change is affecting farmers across the globe, including those who supply us. Reducing GHG emissions, switching to renewable energy sources and taking other actions to mitigate the effects of climate change are necessary to help ensure the ongoing success of our own business and those in our supply chain, as well as protecting the world around us.

Our approach

As a major global business, it’s crucial that we provide leadership on climate change. To take the lead on this urgent issue, we’re transforming our business to reduce GHG emissions, end deforestation, reduce food loss and waste, improve soil health and move toward offering more plant-based proteins.

What we are doing

We have taken a holistic, science-based target approach to tackling climate change, reducing GHG emissions and increasing our use of renewable energy and cleaner fuels.

Ongoing

As a member of RE100, aim to procure 100% of our electricity from renewable sources within the shortest practical timescale.

Our result: 34% electricity purchased from renewable sources.

By 2020

Reduce GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2) per tonne of product in every product category to achieve an overall reduction of 35% in our manufacturing operations versus 2010.

Our result: 32% reduction in GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by product category since 2010.

By 2020

Reduce GHG emissions per tonne of product by 10% in our distribution operations versus 2014.

Our result: 7.6% reduction of GHG emissions per tonne of product, covered in our distribution operations versus 2014.

By 2020

Reduce GHG emissions by 10% in the 100 major warehouses we use versus 2014.

Our result: 38.7% reduction of GHG emissions per tonne of product in the 100 major warehouses we use versus 2014.

By 2020

Expand the use of natural refrigerants, which do not harm the ozone layer and have a negligible impact on climate change, in our industrial refrigeration systems.

Our result: 10 new refrigeration systems using natural refrigerants installed.

Reducing emissions

We remain on track to achieve our objectives, as we have reduced our overall Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions in our manufacturing operations versus 2010 by 32%, and reduced emissions per tonne of product in every product category (see below).

Direct GHG emissions:

3.3 million tonnes of CO2eq (5.2% reduction)

62 kg of CO2eq per tonne of product (38.2% reduction)

Indirect GHG emissions:

2.5 million tonnes of CO2eq (4.9% reduction)

47 kg of CO2eq per tonne of product (2.6% reduction)

GHG emissions rate (Scope 1 and 2) by product category

(kg CO2eq per tonne)

  2010 2018 Reduction
Powdered and liquid beverages 798 391 51%
Water 28 17 39%
Milk products and ice cream 348 238 32%
Nutrition and healthcare 580 478 11%
Prepared dishes and cooking aids 286 208 28%
Confectionery 429 293 30%
PetCare 150 121 19%
Overall GHG emissions rate 162 109 32%

Environmental Target Setting (ETS) program, details of 2018 factory savings

Our ETS programme is designed to help our factory teams improve water and energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions. For example, in 2018, our Toluca coffee factory – our biggest water user and energy consumer in Nestlé Mexico – sought to explore energy- and water-saving opportunities. We identified possible annual energy savings of 305 000 GJ, 116 000 m3 of water withdrawal reductions and a fall of 14 000 tonnes of CO2 emissions through the recovery and reuse of water and heat. The 29 projects built into the action plan are expected to save the factory CHF 3.3 million annually when all initiatives are implemented.

Rethinking transport

Transportation is an area where we can make a big dent in our emissions. In Côte d’Ivoire, for example, our logistics team significantly improved vehicle capacity use to 96% in 2018. And Herta – now part of the FRET 21 initiative in France – has committed to reduce the CO2 emissions from its transportation by 10% by 2020. It will use four main approaches: load optimization, ‘green’ trucks, route planning and responsible purchasing from carriers.

How a delivery pallet redesign reduced damaged goods

When cartons of our protein supplement BOOST reached retail sites damaged, the supply chain team at Nestlé Health Science wondered how to reconfigure the pallets. The original pallet design had an open space in its center to allow for movement during shipping. The team eliminated this by adding an extra case of BOOST per layer, meaning the pallets had more capacity and better structural integrity.

As a result, payload per truck increased, the need for storage at our distribution centers reduced and fewer damaged goods meant less waste. In the year to March 2018, the new configuration – now standard practice – meant we used 104 fewer trucks, reduced CO2 emissions by 108 tonnes and saved USD 443 000 (CHF 449 202).

Using natural refrigerants

We are investing CHF 310 million in replacing synthetic refrigerants in industrial refrigeration with natural alternatives. In 2018, we installed 10 new refrigeration systems using natural refrigerants. 

For example, we have installed Nestlé’s first hydrocarbon chiller in Lae, Papua New Guinea. The chiller uses 55 kg of propane as refrigerant (a gas that has an extremely low global warming potential) and consumes less energy than similar systems using synthetic refrigerants.

Full steam ahead – our plant in Turku switches to clean energy

In October 2018, our baby-food factory in Turku, Finland became our second zero emission plant in Europe by purchasing steam and heat from a new wood plant and renewable electricity from wind and hydro source to power its operations. Because the plant also sends no waste to landfill, it is now a proud double zero factory – Nestlé’s second, with another in Sweden.

The steam-generating plant was developed by several businesses in the locality, and we’re proud to play a part in such an exciting climate leadership project.


Find out more

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CSV - Linkbox - Tackling plastic waste

Tackling plastic waste

There is an urgent need to minimize the impact of packaging on the environment; our aim is to make 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

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CSV - Linkbox - Striving environmental impact third

How we're striving for zero

Our 2030 ambition is to strive for zero environmental impact in our operations.

CSV - Linkbox - Improving water efficiency
CSV - Linkbox - Improving water efficiency

Improving water efficiency

It’s our duty to use as little water as possible and to use that responsibly.

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CSV - Linkbox - Engaging with our suppliers

Engaging with our suppliers

Our greatest water stewardship challenge is bringing change to our supply chain.

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CSV - Linkbox - Safeguarding the environment

Safeguarding the environment

We can use resources more efficiently, reduce food waste and help consumers play their part.


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