Global food distributor Nestlé is switching its local operations to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, the business announced on Monday morning.
In a partnership with CWP Renewables, all of Nestlé’s local manufacturing will be moved to factories powered entirely from wind power. The partnership brings the business closer to its aim of reducing net emissions by 50 per cent by 2030, and hitting net zero by 2050.
“Achieving our sustainability commitments as we progress towards 2050 can’t wait – and neither can we,” said Nestlé Oceania chief executive Sandra Martinez.
“This builds on the work we are already doing to rethink our packaging, build sustainable supply chains, drive carbon neutral brands and transform our product portfolio with more plant-based foods and drinks.”
According to the business, the switch will mean 73,000 tonnes of carbon emissions will be avoided each year.
Greenpeace REenergise campaign director Lindsay Soutar called the change a “good first step”, but noted it didn’t make Nestlé’s products entirely guilt free.
“Nestlé and Greenpeace haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, but as one of Australia’s biggest energy users, having Nestlé Australia being Nesquik off the mark and getting to 100 per cent renewable energy four years ahead of schedule is a welcome sign of progress,” Souter said.
“Nestlé has a long way to go to become truly sustainable, and while making a shift to 100% renewables is a good first step we’re not letting them off the hook on crucial issues like plastic pollution and palm oil, which is causing devastation in forests across the world.”
Moving forward, Nestlé said it is working on transforming its packaging to be entirely recyclable or reusable by 2025, and is working to make some of its brands carbon neutral by 2025.