Nestlé Australia products will now be made at factories where 100 per cent of the electricity is sourced from wind power.
The move to 100 per cent renewable electricity, which comes four years ahead of its global target of 2025, means Nestlé will reduce its carbon emissions by around 73,000 tonnes per year.
Partnering with CWP Renewables to make its first renewable power purchase agreement (PPA) brings the company closer to its goal of reducing its net emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 and net zero by 2050.
Sandra Martinez, Nestlé Oceania CEO, said she is proud of the company being able to accelerate to 100 per cent renewable electricity, but says there is still more to be done.
“This means that when Aussies are enjoying Nestlé products made in our Australian factories, they can do so knowing that it is made by electricity that has been renewably sourced.
“This builds on the work we are already doing to rethink our packaging, build sustainable supply chains, drive carbon neutral brands and transform our product portfolio with more plant-based foods and drinks.”
CWP Renewables 10-year agreement will cover Nestlé’s six Australian factories, two distribution centres, three corporate offices, 20 retail boutiques, and laboratory.
Jason Willoughby, CWP Renewables CEO, commended Nestlé on leading the way in the transition to 100 per cent renewable electricity.
“Through this PPA, Nestlé will also be supporting critical regional investment, with our Crudine and Sapphire wind farms providing around 20 local operations jobs, plus more across maintenance, and more than $8.55 million in community benefit funding throughout the life of the farms.”
Moving to 100 per cent renewable electricity is just one target of Nestlé’s sustainability goals, with others including the transformation of its product portfolio to include more plant-based foods, driving carbon neutral brands, and transforming packaging to be 100 per cent recyclable or reusable by 2025.