Climate change leadership

Our commitment: Provide climate change leadership


India spans 2.4% of the world's surface area, and has about 17.5% of the world's population. With urbanisation, rise in population and increased spending tendencies, the stress on water consumption, waste disposal, energy usage and housing needs is increasing exponentially. The Indian government is increasingly focusing on renewable energy generation, waste to energy generation and solid waste management (Swachh Bharat Mission). We at Nestlé India, endeavour to contribute to the conservation of India's resources and steward them for future generations. We strive to continuously reduce the waste and generated emissions that degrade the environment while simultaneously optimising our production measures.


For Nestlé, manufacturing includes all the processes we need to turn raw materials into safe, nutritious products for our consumers.

In 2017, we have initiated about 46 projects in our manufacturing units with an estimated annualised savings of 79,559 Gigajoule which shall be fully realised by the coming year. These projects are aimed at reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions, and improving energy efficiency. Our manufacturing unit at Nanjangud (Karnataka) has installed MVR (Mechanical Vapour Recompression) & IVOR (RO unit) for reduction in steam and furnace oil consumption, while our units at Bicholim, Pantnagar. Moga & Samalkha has reduced the energy and water consumption through recovery of waste heat from Air compressor, steam condensate in addition to installing energy efficient LED lights.

In 2017, we have also identified 7535 Tons of GHG reduction which shall be fully realized in coming year. Few key initiatives planned or in progress are:-

  • Solar PPA at Nanjangud (Karnataka)
  • Natural Gas at Samalkha (Haryana)

Transport and distribution

We undertake initiatives across our operations and value chain to further strengthen our commitment to climate change leadership.

Improved Vehicle Fill Rate (VFR):

We are committed to reducing our carbon emission over a period of time by standardising our vehicle fleet across India through technological and data simulation processes. We have been able to improve our net VFR by 10%, reducing our CO2 footprint by 13,006MT and vehicle utilisation by 9%, which resulted in annual savings of INR 352 million. Making use of a 3D simulation approach, we were able to identify the optimal load mix for each vehicle, thereby ensuring maximum utilisation of the vehicle volume available. This method is scalable, replicable and can be extended to our secondary distribution systems as well.

Waste for disposal

As per Nestlé global public commitment for Zero waste for disposal to landfill by 2020, Nestlé India is continuously working towards reduction in waste for disposal. In 2017 our factories reduced waste for disposal to landfill by 63%. Robust plans are in place to reduce the same to zero by 2020.

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