Less Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Nestlé

Nestlé announced that it has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by more than 4 million tonnes in 2021 – equivalent to the annual consumption of 870,000 cars – last year.

To achieve this, Nestlé is transforming every aspect of its business – from fuelling trucks with biogas from organic waste, to using 100% renewable electricity for factory production, to creating packaging solutions that reduce plastic and can be easily recycled.

The company is committed to making its packaging 100% recyclable or reusable and to reducing the use of new plastics by a third. This means using more recycled materials, creating more reusable packaging or eliminating packaging altogether by experimentally delivering products in bulk.

Nestlé is thus pursuing the development of infrastructure that improves collection, sorting and recycling, which prevents environmental pollution, either by developing its own projects – as in the case of Nespresso, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto – or by working with external partners and authorities. The infrastructure enables recycled materials to reach the final, circular process by supporting the integration of recycled content into new packaging. 

As a result of efforts in recent years, Nestlé has reduced its use of virgin plastic by 10.5% versus 2018 baseline. Smarties became the first global confectionery brand to switch to paper packaging, Nespresso uses 80% recycled aluminum in its capsules in Europe and a multitude of brands and packaging solutions in the Nestlé portfolio are 100% designed for recycling, from Maggi bouillon cubes to Purina One Dry Cat packaging.

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