Nestlé moves to lower carbon alternatives for shipping

The company is switching to cargo ships fuelled by waste
calendar icon 11 December 2023
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Working with three of the world's largest shipping companies, Nestlé will move the equivalent of half of its global shipping needs to alternative, lower-emission fuels with immediate effect, according to a company press release.

By switching to cargo ships that use fuels made from waste, such as used cooking oil, the company aims to reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by around 200 000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent. This could help avoid the use of around 500 000 barrels of crude oil for ocean transportation.

"Reaching net zero requires changing many aspects of how we source, make, and distribute our products," said Stephanie Hart, executive vice president and head of operations at Nestlé. "The agreements we've signed with our shipping partners will help us cut emissions and immediately reduce our carbon footprint. We know this is an interim solution and continue to encourage the development of longer term decarbonisation solutions in shipping and distribution."

Although shipping makes up a small proportion of Nestlé's overall carbon footprint, the company is committed to reducing the impact of its logistics services as part of its path to net zero.

According to the information provided by the shipping companies, fuels made from waste offer a reduction of at least 70% in equivalent emissions compared with standard options.

The agreements signed with Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk and CMA CGM cover half of Nestlé's shipping volumes moved in 2023, with an option to extend this agreement into 2024 and beyond. It means that the shipping companies will use alternative fuels to move an equivalent amount of tonnage in their operations this year.

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