Nestlé is committed to climate change leadership and has set targets to reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions per ton of product by 35% since 2005, by 2015. Increasing renewable energy will be used to support this goal.
Nestlé is in the process of developing its strategy to achieve 100% renewable power across its operations.
A wide variety of routes to increasing energy from renewable sources have been used, for example opting for wind power to supply energy to factories in Mexico, and installing wood-fired boilers at factories in France.
In California, Nestlé Waters introduced two wind turbines at its bottling plant in Cabazon. The turbines will provide wind power to generate 30% of the facility’s electricity needs, avoiding emissions equivalent to 3.4 million kWh, or 2,000 barrels of oil.
In Mexico wind meets 85% of Nestlé Mexico’s electricity needs.
Since 2008 a 100 kWh series of solar photovoltaic panels has been providing electricity at a pet food plant in Denver. Elsewhere across America, there are three solar arrays supplying manufacturing facilities and offices. These solar arrays provide a total of 900 kWh from photovoltaic cells. This results in 1 MWh solar power in the US annually.
At the Fawdon factory in the UK, Nestlé has piloted an on-site anaerobic digestion system, which turns liquid and solid waste into energy and the company plans to have a full-size digester installed by the end of 2013. This will cut electricity demand and waste.
In Mexico, Nestlé’s Chiapa de Corzo Coffee-mate factory has invested US$250,000 in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The factory has installed solar panels, heat exchangers and pumps to preheat water for production. This reduces steam usage and saves the factory 123 tons of CO2eq.
- By 2013 Nestlé had reduced direct GHG emissions per ton of product by 35.4% since 2005, resulting in an absolute reduction of 7.4% and achieving the objective they set in 2012 two years early.
- There has been a growth in renewable energy by 15.7% from 2012 to 2013.
- Reduction of greenhouse gases.
- Demonstrate climate change leadership.
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