On the occasion of World Environment Day, Nestlé India keeps up its commitment to protect and preserve the environment. Nestlé India is continuously working on the sustainable use of natural and non-renewable resources. There has been a consistent effort in their factories to maximise production while minimising the consumption of natural resources and reducing waste and CO2 emissions. During the last 15 years, for every tonne of production, the companyhas reduced energy usage by 47% and CO2 emissions by 55%.
Sanjay Khajuria, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs, Nestlé India, says, “We have always strived to improve operational efficiencies, use natural resources sustainably and reduce water, energy and CO2 emissions while doing business. Following a series of Environmental Performance Indicators to monitor efforts in sustainability, we have been able to significantly reduce the usage of natural resources to protect the environment. Every effort to reduce, recycle and reuse natural resources can make a difference to our planet. Therefore, our initiatives are spread across the entire value chain and we engage with farmers, suppliers, employees and consumers to help increase awareness about environment sustainability.”
Nestlé India’s efforts to spread awareness about sustainable usage of water resulted in 53% reduction in water usage and a 55% reduction in waste water generation for every tonne of production in the last 15 years. The Zer’Eau technology at the Moga factory helps recycle the water extracted from milk and reuse it for processing, which enables a saving of 25% of water used at the factory.
In 2016, the company reduced around 800 tonnes of packaging material through packaging optimisation. They are expanding the response of QR (Quick Response) Codes to provide sustainable consumption tips and guidance on recycling. They label their products as per the Nestlé Policy on Environmental Sustainability and its guidelines on Packaging and Design. The labelling includes identification of the type of material to determine recyclability and anti-litter and recycle logos to remind consumers to dispose it in a safe and environment-friendly way.