Nestlé today defined its global roadmap to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This global announcement is in line with recent commitments made by the Canadian federal government to achieve its target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The phased-approach aims to halve the company’s global emissions by 2030, and to realize net zero by 2050. To accomplish this, Nestlé will accelerate current initiatives, evolve its operations, and uncover ways to balance remaining emissions through high-quality carbon removal projects and innovation. As a signatory of the UN ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C’ pledge, Nestlé is one of the first companies to share its detailed, time-bound plan and to do so ahead of schedule. The company will provide annual updates on its global efforts.
“As the largest food and beverage company in the world, we are in a position to make a significant contribution to improving the health of our planet,” said Jeff Hamilton, President & CEO, Nestlé Canada. “To tackle climate change, we are committed to accelerating our efforts in Canada across three areas – within our operations, with the ingredients we use and with our packaging.”
Key highlights of Nestlé Canada’s progress on its journey to achieving net zero include:
Brands will achieve carbon neutrality by investing in a mix of renewable energy, packaging, operational improvement and high-quality offset projects. Several of Nestlé’s brands including Garden of Life, Perrier, S. Pellegrino, Acqua Panna and Nespresso have made commitments to achieve carbon neutrality by 2022.
Manufacturing, Operations & Logistics
Some key highlights within Nestlé Canada’s operations include:
- As part of efforts to move towards carbon neutrality, Nestlé Canada has reduced CO2 in its logistics operations over the last 6 years by 22%, exceeding its goal by 10%. This reduction reflects improvements in transportation, warehousing, waste disposal, water, electricity, refrigerants, oils and steel recycling.
- Nestlé Canada has reduced its GHG rate by 33%, saving approximately 6,100 tonnes of CO2 emissions since 2010.
- By the end of 2020, 100% of Nestlé Canada’s manufacturing and distribution facilities will achieve zero waste to landfill.
- Since 2017, Nestlé Canada has reduced its food waste rate on average of 14% in its factories and is saving an estimated 218 tons of food waste.
Nestlé Canada is partnering with industry experts and suppliers to reduce the carbon footprint of its most emissions-intensive ingredients, ensuring that a more sustainable supply of natural resources and raw ingredients is used in its products.
Nestlé believes there is an urgent need to minimize the impact packaging has on the environment and its vision is that none of its packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfill or as litter in waterways. Currently, 87% of its packaging is recyclable or reusable and Nestlé will continue to make progress on its efforts to make 100% of its packaging reusable or recyclable by 2025. Packaging innovation highlights include:
- Nestlé Good Start Infant Formula is now available in recyclable cans.
- Nestlé Real Dairy Ice Cream is one of the first recyclable ice cream containers in Canada.
- All BOOST® ready-to-drink 237ml meal replacement drinks (High Protein, Original, Plus Calories and Diabetic) have moved to recyclable, reclosable Tetra® Prisma packaging.
- All Smarties packaging will remove plastic material from its portfolio and fully transition to responsibly sourced paper in 2021.
- Nescafé Sweet & Creamy will move from plastic packaging to a recyclable carton in 2021 and beyond.
These efforts build on more than a decade of progress and investment to achieve Nestlé’s ambitious sustainability goals. Nestlé works together with farmers, industry partners, governments, non-governmental organizations and our consumers to reduce our environmental footprint. More information on the Nestlé climate change roadmap can be found at https://www.nestle.com.
About Nestlé Canada
Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company present in 189 countries. Nestlé in Canada locally manufactures and/or distributes some of the world's most recognized and trusted brands, including LEAN CUISINE, NESQUIK, NESTLÉ GOOD START, HÄAGEN-DAZS, KIT KAT, NESCAFÉ, NESTLÉ PURE LIFE and NESTLÉ DRUMSTICK. Its 4,500+ employees in locations across Canada are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. In 2016, Nestlé celebrated its 150-year anniversary, and has been present in Canada since 1887. More information and details are available at www.corporate.nestle.ca.
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