One of my favorite things about being a vegetarian is the ability to contribute to more sustainable practices. Nestlé also positions sustainability as a priority, recently announcing a detailed, time-bound strategy to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The company is leveraging several of its brands to cut its emissions in half by 2030 and realize net zero by 2050. Nestlé will accelerate current initiatives, evolve select operations, and embark on new carbon removal projects and innovations. A signatory of the UN 'Business Ambition for 1.5°C' pledge,' Nestlé is one of the first companies in its sector to share this detailed plan.
"We are striving for a more sustainable future, toward a healthier planet, a stronger society, and a thriving economy," said Steve Presley, Chairman and CEO. "That's why we are building on our existing work to set ambitious goals that will make a real difference, and why we continue to look for new and innovative ways to achieve them in our market."
Targeting the U.S., which is Nestlé's largest market, the company is reimagining aspects of its business, including its ingredients, packaging, and transportation and manufacturing operations. Several of Nestlé's leading U.S. brands announced new commitments to achieve carbon neutrality, according to a press release.
Here are the brands' commitments:
Brands will achieve carbon neutrality by investing in a mix of renewable energy, packaging and operational improvements, and high-quality offset projects. Nestlé expects to complete the transition of its 800 sites in the 187 countries where it operates to 100 percent renewable electricity within the next five years.
The company has also unveiled a pilot fleet electrification plan to test the use of electric trucks on a 20-mile short haul route in Ohio. As transportation accounts for 17 percent of Nestlé's current U.S. GHG emissions, converting to electric vehicles would significantly reduce its fossil fuel use and overall carbon emissions
Nestlé is partnering with industry experts and suppliers to reduce the carbon footprint of its most emissions-intensive ingredients: dairy and beef. To do so, the company has teamed up with the Net Zero Initiative and other supply chain partners and beef ranchers to help scale regenerative grazing practices in the Northern Great Plains in Montana.
Building on its packaging initiative, Nestlé USA is converting 100 percent of its creamer portfolio, including Coffee mate® and Coffee mate® natural bliss®, to fully recyclable bottles by 2022. The new bottle and shrink sleeve are 100 percent PET, made with recycling-compatible inks and materials recognized by the Association of Plastic Recycling. Nestlé® Toll House® is delivering new Bite-Sized Chocolate Chip Edible Cookie Dough offerings at select retailers in a fully recyclable flexible plastic bag, including the zipper.
Through investment and advocacy, Nestlé is also driving change beyond its walls. With its recent $30 million investment in the Closed Loop Leadership Fund, the company is helping to upgrade U.S. recycling infrastructure and secure access to food-grade recycled plastics. Nestlé also continues to advocate for federal and state policies that expand renewable energy infrastructure and incentives, and to fight bills that curb renewable energy expansion.
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