Our commitment: Provide climate change leadership
Climate change is already impacting the food and beverage sector. Our industry relies on a sustainable supply of safe raw materials, and shifting weather patterns change how and where our ingredients are farmed, affecting food security. We believe that, in the wake of the 2016 Paris Agreement, there is now a global imperative to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We are committed to further reducing emissions along our value chain, while strengthening our supply chain and helping the farmers who we work with be more resilient to climate change.
Our objectives in 2016
Ongoing: As a member of RE100, aim to procure 100% of our electricity from renewable sources within the shortest practical timescale.
By 2016: All our new ice cream chest, upright and island freezers will use natural refrigerants.
By 2016: 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 progress to date
Over the last 10 years, we have already made real progress, reducing direct GHG emissions per tonne of product by 39% while increasing production by 46%. We are on track to achieve our science-based 2020 objective, as we have reduced GHG emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) per tonne of product in every product category achieving an overall reduction of 22% in our manufacturing operations versus 2010.
We could achieve these emission reductions by saving energy, improving operations efficiency and switching to cleaner fuels, including to renewable energy. Renewable energy currently accounts for 17% of our factories’ total energy use, and 29.6% (8.1 petajoules) of our electricity purchased is renewable.
We strive to ensure that ‘no vehicle leaves empty’, improving the efficiency of our transport while reducing unnecessary journeys. We also redesigned several local distribution networks to improve efficiency. We are making good progress in reaching our objective, by reducing emissions by 2.7% in our distribution operations in 2015* against our 2014 baseline. That is the equivalent of 6600 million tonnes of GHG emitted – equal to taking 1400 cars off the road. We also continually search for ways to further reduce the energy consumption in our warehouses by improving illumination, heating, cooling, insulation and internal movements.
We are phasing out synthetic refrigerants with high global warming and ozone-depleting potential, such as HFCs, and have invested CHF 299 million since 1992 to replace them with natural alternatives in our industrial refrigeration systems. We have also expanded the use of natural refrigerants by installing 47 new refrigeration systems. Nestlé has been recognised as a global leader in tackling climate change, earning a place on CDP’s Climate A List and reaching the number 1 position in the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index with a remarkable score of 100 in the ‘environment and climate change’ dimension.
Our objectives towards 2020
By 2020: All new proprietary cold beverage dispensers of Nestlé Professional will use natural refrigerants.
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.
By 2020: Reduce GHG emissions by 10% in our distribution operations versus 2014.
By 2020: Reduce GHG emissions by 10% 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.
* This data is based on volume covered by reporting: the latest data available is from 2015. 2016 data will be published next year.