Nestlé has shared its detailed, time-bound plan to halve its emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero carbon by 2050 – even as the company grows.
As a signatory of the UN ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C’ pledge, Nestlé’s actions focus on supporting farmers and suppliers to advance regenerative agriculture, planting hundreds of millions of trees within the next 10 years and completing the company’s transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2025. Nestlé is also continuously increasing the number of ‘carbon neutral’ brands.
“The Board recognises the strategic importance of taking decisive measures to address climate change. It supports accelerating and scaling up our work to ensure the long-term success of the company and to contribute to a sustainable future for generations to come.”Nestlé Chairman, Paul Bulcke
Nestlé’s climate change plan comes following a complete review of its businesses and operations to understand the depth of the challenge and determine the actions needed to address it. The company emitted 92 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018, which will serve as the baseline for measuring progress.
There are three areas that Nestlé is working on to get to net zero.
The company is already working with over 500,000 farmers and 150,000 suppliers to support them in implementing regenerative agriculture practices such as soil health and maintaining and restoring diverse ecosystems.
In return, Nestlé is offering to reward farmers by purchasing their goods at a premium, buying bigger quantities and co-investing in necessary capital expenditures.
Nestlé expects to source over 14 million tonnes of its ingredients through regenerative agriculture by 2030.
Nestlé is also scaling up its reforestation programme to plant 20 million trees every year for the next 10 years in the areas where it sources ingredients. The company’s plans for primary supply chains of key commodities, like palm oil and soy, to be deforestation-free by 2022.
In its operations, Nestlé expects to complete the transition of its 800 sites in the 187 countries where it operates to 100% renewable electricity within the next five years. The company is switching its global fleet of vehicles to lower emission options and will reduce and offset business travel by 2022. It is also implementing water protection and regeneration measures and tackling food waste in its operations.
Magdi Batato, Executive Vice President and Head of Operations, said: “With nearly two-thirds of our emissions coming from agriculture, it is clear that regenerative agriculture and reforestation are the focal points of our path to net zero. These efforts will reduce emissions and improve biodiversity at scale. We will also continue to eliminate emissions from our operations and make improvements in our product portfolio. We have our work cut out for us and we are committed to delivering.”