Consumer packed goods (CPG) company Nestlé is taking several initiatives to address climate change and become a more sustainable company.
“The climate challenge isn’t something we can take on alone, but we believe that Nestlé can be part of the solution for tackling climate issues in the food system,” said Steve Presley, Chairman and CEO at Nestlé USA.
“We’re not afraid to take on hard issues like climate change, and to do so we’re harnessing the power of our employees and farmers, and empowering our consumers, to make real change.”
In December, the company announced its investment in the Taygete Solar Project — a 2,000-acre solar project based in Pecos County, Texas, which has successfully reduced carbon emissions of roughly 90,000 homes that now run on solar power.
In its latest effort, however, Nestlé is looking to make changes further down its supply chain to improve its overall sustainability.
The dairy industry, which Nestle’s supply chain is heavily reliant on, currently accounts for roughly around 2 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. To reduce the greenhouse impact, the company has partnered with the Net Zero Initiative, which supports the U.S. dairy industry’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2050, optimize water usage and improve water quality in dairy systems. The company is also looking to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of its brands like Carnation, DiGiorno and Stouffers. Furthermore, Nestlé is investing in innovating more climate-friendly plant-based foods.
But there’s more. The company is focussing on climate-friendly, plant-based food and is making changes to how its goods are made, packaged and transported.
“Building on more than a decade of efforts to generate zero waste and use water and energy more efficiently, our manufacturing and brand teams are constantly innovating new ways of improving our operations, and have set ambitious goals for the coming years.”
Presley notes that brands like Perrier, San Pellegrino, Nespresso, and Garden of Life have already committed to being carbon neutral by 2022, while Sweet Earth Foods has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2025.
Nestlé is also looking to changing the way its facilities operate across the globe by changing the source of energy they use to power them. Within the next five years, Nestlé plans to have transitioned all Nestlé facilities to renewable energy in every country in which they operate.
Finally, Nestlé has committed to making 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. This is in addition to its investments in helping improve infrastructure that makes recycling more accessible to consumers.