Sep 12, 2019

Nestlé pledges net zero emissions by 2050

Nestlé will cut greenhouse gas emissions across its operations and supply chain to net zero by 2050, setting in train what are likely to be sweeping changes among the coffee growers, dairy farmers and packaging companies that supply the world's biggest food company. Its direct greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 17 per cent since 2010 but still amount to 3.3m tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent a year. Indirect emissions of 2.5m tonnes a year, from farms to supermarkets, may prove harder to cut. Nestlé produces or uses 1.7m tonnes of plastic a year, less than Coca-Cola's 3m tonnes but far more than the 610,000 tonnes of Unilever, which has made a similar pledge to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that agriculture, forestry and other types of land use account for 23 per cent of human greenhouse gas emissions.

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