When cartons of our protein supplement BOOST reached retail sites damaged, the supply chain team at wondered how to reconfigure the pallets. The original pallet design had an open space in its center to allow for movement during shipping. The team eliminated this by adding an extra case of BOOST per layer, meaning the pallets had more capacity and better structural integrity.
As a result, payload per truck increased, the need for storage at our distribution centers reduced and fewer damaged goods meant less waste. In the year to March 2018, the new configuration – now standard practice – meant we used 104 fewer trucks, reduced CO2 emissions by 108 tonnes and saved USD 443?000 (CHF 449 202).
We are investing CHF 310 million in replacing synthetic refrigerants in industrial refrigeration with natural alternatives. In 2018, we installed 10 new refrigeration systems using natural refrigerants.?
For example, we have installed Nestlé’s first hydrocarbon chiller in Lae, Papua New Guinea. The chiller uses 55 kg of propane as refrigerant (a gas that has an extremely low global warming potential) and consumes less energy than similar systems using synthetic refrigerants.
In October 2018, our baby-food factory in Turku, Finland became our second zero emission plant in Europe by purchasing steam and heat from a new wood plant and renewable electricity from wind and hydro source to power its operations. Because the plant also sends no waste to landfill, it is now a proud double zero factory – Nestlé’s second, with another in Sweden.
The steam-generating plant was developed by several businesses in the locality, and we’re proud to play a part in such an exciting climate leadership project.