Nestle tackling emissions head-on across its own operations, including increasing its use of renewable electricity last year, and is on track to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2025, company says at its Sustainable Development Theme Day in China

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March 30, 2023 (press release) –

On March 28, the Nestlé Greater China Sustainable Development Theme Day was held at the Swiss Embassy in China. Following the successful holding of the first Sustainable Development Theme Day in September 2021, Nestlé's "Net Zero" train set off again with high quality, fully loaded with achievements in the field of sustainable development, and exchanged best practices with stakeholders from all sides, Jointly promote the further development of the sustainable concept. At the event, Zhang Xiqiang, CEO of Nestle Greater China, made a comprehensive introduction and systematic display of the commitment and efforts of Greater China in terms of sustainable development, and Mark Schneider, CEO of Nestle Group, who came from afar, shared The concept and strategy of Nestlé's sustainable development in the world.

Sustainable development is becoming a global trend and a common choice of all countries. With the Chinese government clearly proposing the goals of carbon peaking by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, sustainable development and economic and social green transformation have also been raised to an unprecedented level of importance. Switzerland, which has always advocated innovation, has been at the forefront of the world in the field of sustainable development. Swiss companies in China, including Nestlé, and various related institutions have also continued to provide innovative solutions for China's sustainable development. The theme day of sustainable development aims to demonstrate and communicate the achievements and plans of Nestlé Greater China in terms of sustainable development in stages, and discuss the significance of bilateral economic and trade innovation cooperation for promoting sustainable development from the perspective of Sino-Swiss diplomacy, and the significance of foreign-funded enterprises How to contribute to China's dual carbon goals from the perspective of its own low-carbon transformation.

As one of the biggest challenges facing society today, climate change is also one of the biggest risks facing the future business of Nestle, a world-leading food and beverage company with a history of 157 years. Nestlé released the "Net Zero Carbon Emissions Roadmap" in 2020, promising to achieve the goal of halving greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 and net zero carbon emissions in 2050 while continuing to grow its business, establishing a sustainable global environment including raw materials. Procurement, product portfolio transformation, use of renewable energy to produce products, and promotion of cleaner logistics include 8 key actions, and advocate active voice, coordinated action, integration of the power of the whole society, and common achievement of goals.

With the pillar development strategy of fulfilling the group's sustainable development commitment, accelerating the brand's sustainable development journey, and promoting win-win cooperation with stakeholders, Nestlé invited guests to board the "Net Zero" train at the event site of this theme day, immersing themselves in Experience the high-quality net-zero carbon journey of Nestlé Greater China: last year, Nescafé announced that it will invest more than 1 billion Swiss francs in the Nescafé 2030 plan by 2030, and work with coffee farmers to promote the transformation to regenerative agriculture; As part of the global reforestation plan, by the end of 2022, Nestle has helped coffee farmers plant a total of more than 60,000 trees in batches in the coffee fields in Pu'er, Yunnan, China, and plans to plant and cultivate 1.3 million trees in Yunnan by 2026 ; While cooperating with Alibaba to jointly launch a carbon-reduction friendly action focusing on the consumption field, Nestlé has launched a new round of cooperation with partners such as Syngenta and Bayer in the field of regenerative agriculture, and actively supports the X-lab of Tsinghua University to An innovation challenge themed on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; in addition, Nestlé’s first carbon-neutral product in China, ZOOL NEN 3 organic milk powder, Espresso coffee capsule recycling program and Jiazhiyao plant-based products, etc. The sustainable development efforts of Nestlé's business and its brands advocate a more sustainable lifestyle. While fully understanding Nestlé’s latest sustainable practices, guests were also encouraged to bring their own food soft plastic packaging, experience smart recycling on the platform of the “Net Zero” train, and were invited to sit on chairs made of recycled plastics .

Just last week, Nestle released the "2022 Annual Report" and "Creating Shared Value and Sustainable Development Report". As highlighted in these published reports, Nestlé delivered a strong performance in a challenging year and continued to move in the right direction as planned. In the "Better for the Earth" plan, Nestlé has further reduced its greenhouse gas emissions below the baseline in 2018 while continuing to grow its business, and has been far below the carbon peak level. Nestlé is tackling emissions head-on across its own operations, including increasing its use of renewable electricity last year, on track to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2025.

Zhang Xiqiang, CEO of Nestlé Greater China, said: "As Nestlé's second largest market in the world and one of the fastest growing food and beverage markets in the world, China has We have made great efforts to actively implement sustainable development measures with localized characteristics. We look forward to continuing to cooperate closely with government departments, industry associations, academic institutions and other sectors of society, and to take the "net zero" high-speed train together to create a better future with high-quality food. life, and work together to practice high-quality development in the sustainable field.”

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