Written by Godfrey AKON

Nestlé targets regenerative agric, renewable electricity by 2025

In a bid to support farmers and suppliers to advance regenerative agriculture, Nestlé, a global food and beverage company targets to plant hundreds of millions of trees within the next 10 years as well as completing the company’s transition to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025.

Making this announcement during a webcast to launch its Net Zero Roadmap, Nestlé Chairman, Paul Bulcke said, "as a signatory of the United Nations Business Ambition for 1.5°C’ pledge, Nestlé is one of the first companies to share its detailed, time-bound plan and to do so ahead of schedule. We are taking measures to halve of Nestlés emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050 -even as the company grows."

Additionally, Bulcke said, "Nestlé is continuously increasing the number of ‘carbon neutral’ brands as members of the Board recognizes the strategic importance of taking decisive measures to address climate change even as it supports accelerating and scaling up our work to ensure the long-term success of the company and to contribute to a sustainable future for generations to come.

"This roadmap is the result of a complete review of Nestlé’s businesses and operations to understand the depth of the challenge and determine the actions needed to address it. The company emitted 92 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018, which will serve as the baseline for measuring progress."

Speaking on tackling climate change, Nestlé Chief Executive Officer, Mark Schneider, said that, "tackling climate change can’t wait and neither can we. It is imperative to the long-term success of our business.

"We have a unique opportunity to address climate change, as we operate in nearly every country in the world and have the size, scale and reach to make a difference. We will work together with farmers, industry partners, governments, non-governmental organizations and our consumers to reduce our environmental footprint."

Schneider added that, Nestlé’s work to get to net zero spans three main areas: the company is already working with over 500,000 farmers and 150, 000 suppliers to support them in implementing regenerative agriculture practices.

Within its product portfolio, Schneider said, Nestlé is continuously expanding its offering of plant-based food and beverages and is reformulating products to make them more environmentally friendly.

Schneider further states that, "in its operations, 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."

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