At Nestlé, our goal is to make our products healthier and tastier, but also better for the environment along their entire value chain.
However, food, production and consumption can take up an important share of the world’s resources. As the largest food and beverage company across the globe, we not only have to comply with all applicable legal requirements and the Nestlé Corporate Business Principles, we also have to make sure that the principles of sustainability are embedded into all of our activities, brands and products.
We look to improve our environmental footprint by supporting environmental sustainability, which means protecting the future by making the right choices and giving people in Central and West Africa another reason to trust us and enjoy our products.
In parallel, we aim to live up to the expectations of our employees and external stakeholders through our environmental sustainability practices and initiatives. Here are ways we are doing this in the region.
1) Improving our environmental footprint
Across our operations, we reduced energy consumption by 19% per tonne of product between 2010-2015. At our Yopougon factory in Côte d’Ivoire, we’ve achieved annual energy savings of over 7,200 GJ and 562 tonnes of CO2 emission reductions by using natural gas at the site. In Senegal, we’ve also saved 60,000 kWh of energy each year at our factory in Dakar – about 3% of the total energy consumption of the site – by using solar panels to heat water.
We’re finding new and innovative ways to recycle waste. At our Agbara factory in Nigeria, we reused 1,560 tonnes of spent grains in 2015 by selling it to farmers for use as livestock feed. At our Yopougon site, we’re using the leftover waste product of cassava into compost along with the canteen waste. Used cartons are also being recycled into egg crates.
We’re focusing on packaging to improve our environmental performance. In 2015, we saved 44 tonnes of packaging. At our sites in Nigeria and Ghana, we’ve also swapped from paper and laminate to monofilm in our Milo Energy cubes to save 60 tonnes of material each year. Nestlé Waters in Nigeria renovated its 60cl and 150cl bottles, which resulted in a saving of 172 tonnes of PET bottles and 43 tonnes of PET caps in one year.
Our GHG emissions were reduced by 20% between 2010-2015 across our operations. At our Agbara factory, the tri-generation power plant generates electrical power as prime energy, while recycling the heat generated from its exhaust gases produces chilled water and hot water. This has cut CO2 emissions by 5,000 tonnes per year since its construction in 2012.
2) Providing environmental information to our consumers
We’re helping people get instant access to information about the nutritional profile and environmental and social impacts of our products to go ‘beyond the label’. Users can scan Quick Response (QR) codes on selected products using their smartphone, which takes them to a digital site where they can find more information about the product than would normally be available on the pack. This may include how the product fits into a healthy lifestyle, or how much water or energy it has used in its entire life cycle. Across the region, QR codes are now available on all our Nido and Milo packs, and also on our Nescafé 200g packs.