Nestlé sets climate priorities for Europe, Middle East, and North Africa
Speeches by Marco Settembri, CEO Emena, and Katja Seidenschnur, Sustainability Director
In a media event on February 8, 2021 Nestlé has explained its top priorities for Europe, Middle East, and North Africa to reach its 2050 net-zero climate goal. Nestlé revealed that hearly tw-thirds of its total emissions are linked to agricolture. To tackle those emissions, Nestlé will change with its suppliers the way food is produced. Farming practices will transition to regenerative agriculture to benefit nature and improve farmer incomes. The key ingredients for Nestlé in Europe, Middle East, and North Africa are cocoa, coffee and milk. Therefore, Nestlé focuses on healthy soils, net-zero dairy farms, and sustainably sourced cocoa and coffee.
Marco Settembri, Nestlé CEO for Europe, Middle East and North Africa, said: "Our projects on healthy soils, low emission dairy farms, and sustainably sourced cocoa and coffee show promising outcomes. We are confident that those collaborations with farmers and suppliers can be extended to reach our net-zero climate goal."
Nestlé already carries several initiatives to achieve its 2050 net-zero ambition. Katja Seidenschnur, Nestlé Sustainability Director for Europe, Middle East and North Africa, said: "We work with farmers, shift our portfolio to more plant-based products and introduce carbon-neutral brands. We also rethink our manufacturing and distribution processes as well as make our packaging more circular. All those actions will help us progress on our journey down to zero. We leverage our global R&D network to deliver on our climate commitments. Let's work together with the whole value chain and governments to get this done."
By 2025, Nestlé will have all 800 global Nestlé sites using 100% renewable electricity. In 80 factories out of around 130 across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, the company relies on 100% renewable electricity.
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