August 2, 2022

Net zero ambitions are a driving force for Nestlé which has introduced its first carbon neutral product in China as it endeavours to cut all emissions by 2050.

Nestlé China has launched its first carbon-neutral product in the form of a stage three formula for babies. Every tin of the Organic NAN 3 formula is said to offset 14.2kg of carbon emissions, with each lid and scoop made from plant-based materials. 

The formula, designed for toddlers aged 12 to 36 months, was recently made available for online purchase in China, Asia. Ingredients include vitamins, minerals and probiotics including Bifidobacterium BB-12, DHA and ARA. It was awarded with a carbon-neutral certificate in March from South Pole which develops projects and strategies on reducing carbon emissions.

The company is working towards carbon neutrality by funding natural climate projects and solutions outside of its value chain. The company aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, cutting emissions by 20% by 2025 and by 50% by 2030. Its efforts include forest protection, tree planting and social programmes for rural communities.

Nestlé has also carved out seven key actions for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This includes investing in sustainable packaging, using renewable energy, working towards cleaner logistics and creating new products.

Nestle recently revealed its ambitions for dairy
Nestlé recently revealed its ambitions on sustainability and dairy. Credit: Nestlé

Further efforts

Nestlé also recently spoke about its ambition on sustainability for its biggest raw material, dairy. The company is expanding initiatives aiming at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preserving water resources and supporting regenerative agriculture on the farms it sources milk from. This includes more than 100 pilot projects with partners around the world, including 20 farms already on a path to achieve net zero emissions in the near future.

Nestlé will share its experience from these projects as it scales up its efforts and encourages wider industry transformation.

Alongside environmental sustainability, Nestlé will focus on two further pillars: ‘Families’ so that nutrition, quality and traceability remain front and centre for consumers. ‘Communities’ so that dairy farming communities are at the centre of the initiatives, including training on farm management, empowering women and developing young farmers.

Mayank Trivedi, head of the dairy strategic business unit at Nestlé, said: “We believe it is possible to step up sustainability in dairy and even go to net zero. We will take a leadership role in advancing positive change with all those working along with us in the dairy supply chain.

“Across the world, we are implementing full-scale projects and pilots in partnership with farmers and suppliers to help us scale up solutions aiming at lowering our environmental footprint. Our actions on dairy are very important to achieve Nestlé’s ambition of reaching net zero emissions.”

Nestlé and dairy ingredients

Milk and dairy ingredients are Nestlé’s biggest raw material by volume, used in its dairy and infant nutrition products, ice cream, beverages and confectionery. They are also the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions for the company.

Nestlé China’s new Organic NAN 3 formula is the first product of its kind to help reduce and mitigate emissions.

The firm’s dairy and livestock supply chains accounted for 34.2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2018, so tackling this is a priority. Some key actions already taken to reduce and mitigate emissions include projects related to feed and herd management, farm energy sources and efficiency, as well as better management of manure.

Farms are also working to sequester more carbon on their premises, acting on soil health and grazing, and planting trees in dairy farms.

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