Our commitment: Provide climate change leadership
Achieved in 2016: Developed an energy plan for each Nestlé operating facility in the United States that takes advantage of renewable energy where possible and encouraged utilities where we operate to migrate to a low-carbon energy mix.
Nestlé is one of many companies in the food industry ramping up efforts to both protect the environment and operate in a sustainable way. We believe that, in the wake of the 2016 Paris Agreement, there is now a global imperative to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
We’re investing in ways to reduce our own footprint, such as reducing GHGs in our operations (scope 1), striving to achieve zero waste for disposal, using energy and water more efficiently, and investing in renewable energy to reduce scope 2 (indirect) emissions. In the United States, we have reduced direct GHG emissions per ton of product by 8% since the 2010 baseline, with indirect emissions reduced by 18% per ton of product over the same time frame.
Taking it one step further, Nestlé globally has committed to promote both transparency and long-term engagement in climate policy. We have joined other leaders in acknowledging the risks of climate change and carbon pollution from power plants, as well as the economic benefits associated with improved energy efficiency and investment in renewable energy.
As a member of RE100, a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, we committed to set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (scope 1 and scope 2) per ton of product by 35% in our manufacturing operations by 2020 compared with 2010, and to achieve 100% renewable energy across our operations. Across the U.S., more than 7% of the total electricity used in our operations comes from renewable sources—and we are well positioned to achieve significant greenhouse gas reductions in 2017 and 2018.
We will continue to support the Paris Agreement. Read more: