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Our road to net zero

Farmer in field

 

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 urgency.

Climate change may affect water availability and accelerate biodiversity loss, while the livelihoods of many communities could also suffer. Solutions to the climate crisis must factor in human rights and benefit everyone by creating a more equitable, low-carbon economy.

Only 5% of our total greenhouse gases (GHGs) come from our own operations. In contrast, 95% come from our supply chain, from activities like farming or shipping. That's why we're transforming our manufacturing and packaging activities and working throughout our supply chain to help achieve absolute reductions.

As a result of scaling up GHG reduction projects in our operations and supply chain, we have put peak carbon emissions behind us, reducing absolute GHG emissions by 4 million tonnes from the peak as our company continued to grow.

Net zero by 2050

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What we are doing to reduce emissions

Carbon reductions, removals and neutrality

To achieve net zero emissions, we need to reduce emissions as much as possible. Switching to source 50% of our ingredients from regenerative agriculture by 2030 will help us do so, as will investing in sustainable logistics, packaging and manufacturing activities. 

Our Net Zero Roadmap also includes carbon removals. As a company with a large land ‘footprint’, we are committed to making a significant contribution to decarbonization through natural climate solutions projects in our supply chain.

These 'insetting' projects take place within the landscapes where we source our raw materials, and help restore forests, wetlands and peatlands, or improve land management. Our projects can also help generate additional benefits for communities and protect natural ecosystems.

We have already begun this process, initiating projects that will sequester millions of tonnes of CO2e over their lifetimes through our Global Reforestation Program.

Our corporate net zero program does not use offsetting outside our value chain to deliver emissions removals. However, in some circumstances our consumer facing brands can purchase credits to compensate for additional emissions relating to their life cycle. Brand teams may purchase high-quality carbon credits that help fund natural climate solutions and other activities outside of Nestlé's value chain – including tree planting, forest protection and, in some cases, social programs for rural communities. These are not a substitution for or a distraction from our corporate plan and brands are also required to reduce emissions in line with our corporate objectives.

Our net zero roadmap

2018–2021: Our path to regeneration for future generations

Diagram showing our net zero roadmap: 2018-2021

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

0.8Dairy and livestock34.2Soil and forests25.0Other6.47.511.07.065.6Million tonnesof CO2e
Scope 3
Sourcing our ingredients 65.6 71.4%
Scope 1, 2 & 3
Manufacturing our products 7.0 7.7%
Scope 3
Packaging our products 11.0 11.9%
Scope 3
Managing logistics 7.5 8.2%
Scope 3
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%

Diagram showing our net zero roadmap: 2021-2025

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.

Our milestones

  • 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%

Diagram showing our net zero roadmap: 2025-2030

Further down the greener path, we will invest in new technologies and fundamental changes to our products and businesses around the globe.

Our milestones

  • 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

Diagram showing our net zero roadmap: 2030-2050

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.

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