GLOBE-Net, September 14, 2012 - Nestlé
has topped a list of global companies in efforts to disclose and
cut carbon emissions.
Disclosure Project, an independent non-profit organisation,
released its annual
ranking based on data requested from the 'Global 500'
It measured companies on a range of factors including how they
incorporated climate change into their business plans, how they
monitored emissions, their transparency, and actions they were
taking to mitigate their impact.
"Climate change mitigation remains a key priority for us," said
José Lopez, Nestlé Executive Vice President and Head of
"Since 2001 we have halved the greenhouse gas emissions from our
factories per tonne of product.
"We are committed to reducing emissions from our operations even
further by continuing to improve energy efficiency, to switch to
cleaner fuels and to invest in renewable sources," he added.
Leading the food industry in Mexico
The Carbon Disclosure Project ranking was released in the same
week as Nestlé announced its latest achievement in cutting
greenhouse gas emissions, in Mexico.
The company has become the first food company in the country to
obtain nearly all the electrical energy needed for its
manufacturing operations from a renewable source.
Nestlé is receiving 85% of the total electricity required by its
factories from one of the largest wind farms in Mexico.
This will reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere
by more than 124,000 tonnes a year, the equivalent of taking 39,000
small cars off the road annually.
The 'Bii Nee Stipa
II wind farm, which means 'the wind that brings power' in
local dialect, is located in the La Ventosa region in the state of
Clean and sustainable
"We're proud to announce that the target we set ourselves last
year has become a reality," said Marcelo Melchior, Chief Executive
Officer of Nestlé Mexico.
"Now, 85% of our electrical energy requirements come from a
clean and renewable source. We feel certain that more businesses
will join us in investing in the long-term, sustainable future of
Mr Melchior made the announcement at the offices of Mexico's
Ministry for the Economy.
He was joined by Bruno Ferrari, Minister of Economy for Mexico;
Carlos Guzmán, Managing Director of the Mexican trade relations
institute ProMéxico, and Nicola Melchiotti, Chief Executive Officer
of Enel Green Power Mexico and Central America, the wind farm's