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What is Nestlé doing about climate change?


Does Nestle use renewable energy in Australia?

Yes - over 31% of the total energy used by our factories in Australia is renewably sourced.

We’ve looked for creative ways to source energy from renewable sources for some time now. 

For example, our Nescafé factory in Gympie gets 65% of its energy from spent coffee grounds left over after making Nescafé. 

Our Smithtown factory uses sawdust and wood chips from the local timber industry to create 85% of its energy – and then sells the remaining ash to the soil mix industry.


Why isn’t Nestlé using more renewable electricity in Australia?

We’ve made a commitment to use renewable electricity in our factories as soon as practicable, and are evaluating options for the best way to do this across our Australian factories.


What else are you doing to reduce climate impacts in your Australian factories?

•    Every Nestlé factory focuses on reducing its energy use. In Australia, our factories have reduced their energy use per kilogram of product they make by 28% over the ten years from 2008 to 2018, and emissions have dropped by 29%.
•    Last year alone, we ran more than 32 energy savings projects, which reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 5.5% per tonne of finished product and energy use by 3.2%. 
•    We are also reducing waste, with waste sent to landfill dropping over 80% in the last five years.
•    We’ve also lowered emissions from distributing our products, by reworking our transportation.


How is Nestlé tackling climate change?

We have set a bold ambition to achieve zero net emissions by 2050. 

Climate change is one of the biggest threats to society, and to the future of our business. It will affect water availability and biodiversity, but also the quantity and quality of food grown. 

Nestlé is embracing the most ambitious aim of the Paris Agreement to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.


How will your achieve your zero net emissions ambition by 2050?

Over the next two years, we will lay out a plan with interim targets consistent with the 1.5C path. Some of Nestlé’s specific actions to achieve our ambition include:
•    Using 100% renewable electricity within the shortest practical timescale
•    Launching more products that have a better environmental footprint, including more plant based food and beverage options and alternative packaging materials
•    Scaling up initiatives in agriculture to absorb more carbon. This will include but is not limited to: improved management of dairy supply chain; and, stepping up efforts to protect forests by replanting trees and enhancing biodiversity
•    Continuing to optimize distribution routes to reduce fuel consumption and to lower carbon emissions


What does ‘zero net’ emissions actually mean?

Achieving a balance between emissions and removals for all greenhouse gases within the company’s value chain over a specific time period. Avoided emissions and offsets are not counted as part of the commitment.


What has Nestlé done already globally to tackle climate change?

Over the past 10 years we’ve halved the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our factories around the world per kilo of product. We are committed to lowering the GHG emissions associated with the production and distribution of our food and beverages, by improving energy efficiency, using cleaner fuels and investing in renewable sources.