Greenhouse Gas Emissions
We are determined to play our part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by improving resource efficiency, switching to cleaner fuels and investing in renewable energy.
More than 91 per cent of all energy usage in 2013 went into the manufacturing of products, while 29 per cent came from renewable sources, ahead of Nestlé’s global target of 20 per cent by 2020.
We are on track to reduce the total volume of greenhouse gas emissions across our factory sites in the next 12 months by a further 2%.
Turning Coffee into Energy
Nearly all the spent coffee grounds from our coffee factory in Gympie, Queensland is used as an energy source to run the factory.
The factory produces a range of coffee products including the iconic NESCAFÉ.
While we have used spent coffee grounds as an energy source for the past 17 years, not all could be incinerated and around 10 per cent went to compositing.
A biomass boiler has enabled us to increase the amount of energy we can extract. As a result approximately 70 per cent of the energy used at the factory is now from a renewable source.
Since the installation of the boiler in 2009, CO2 emissions have reduced 31 per cent, butane gas costs have dropped 30 per cent, and the amount of coffee grounds disposed to compositing has fallen 80 per cent.
In 2013, the factory generated 275,615GJ of renewable energy from spent coffee grounds and sawdust.Nestle is also working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across our supply chain.