By 2016 we aim to expand the use of natural refrigerants which do not harm the ozone layer and have little impact on climate change.
We will also use natural refrigerants in all new Nestlé Professional, our out-of-home business, proprietary cold beverages dispensers by 2020.
In the same time frame, consistent with science requirements to limit warming to less than 2°C, we aim to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per tonne of product in every product category to achieve an overall reduction of 35% in our manufacturing operations versus 2005.
We also seek to reduce GHG emissions per tonne of product by 10% in our distribution operations, and by 10% in the 100 major warehouses we use since 2014, respectively.
Across our operations in Central and West Africa, we have already reduced emissions of GHG by 20% between 2010 and 2015.
At our Agbara factory in Nigeria, the tri-generation power plant generates electrical power as prime energy, while recycling the heat generated from the plant’s exhaust gases produces chilled water and hot water. This has allowed us to reduce CO2 emissions by 5,000 tonnes per year since its construction in 2012. In addition, the use of eco-friendly absorption chillers has eliminated the need for ozone-depleting refrigerants.
We are also making steady progress in adapting to climate change by using our scientific expertise and resources to help improve crop resilience.
Nestlé’s Research and Development (R&D) Centre in Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire is working with our R&D Centre in Tours, France and other research institutes as part of the Nescafé Plan and the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, to produce drought-resistant varieties of cocoa and coffee plantlets, which are less vulnerable to disease and result in greater yields.
Read more in the Rural Development section.