Once an abstract concept for many, the impacts of climate change are now impossible to ignore. From the farmers who are part of our supply chain to the consumers who enjoy our products, everyone is affected by climate change.
To address the issue, we must work together, and we need to accelerate our efforts right away. That is why Nestlé has made a bold commitment to halve our greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050 – even as our business continues to grow.
By taking action to tackle climate change, we are helping protect the livelihoods of the farmers who supply us. We are also contributing to safeguarding a healthy environment for people and planet alike, today and in the future.
By working to reduce our climate impact and encouraging those in our value chain to do the same, we are shielding our business against the impacts of climate change.
Because of the nature of our business, we are taking action across agriculture, our operations, and products. These include:
- Protecting trees and landscapes that help absorb carbon
- Working with farmers to shift to regenerative ways of growing ingredients for food, including for the products we produce
- Ending deforestation in our primary supply chains by 2022
- Completing the transition to 100% renewable electricity
Nestlé Pakistan is among the markets within Nestlé where a major chunk of our brands (around 70%) are milk/dairy based. When Nestlé Pakistan started working on our 2025 Roadmap, we realized that most of our emissions come from our extensive milk value chain. That is why our biggest interventions target our milk value chain.
Import of High-yield Cows
In Pakistan, a lot of the farmers get their milk supply from local cows, which are not efficient; the resources and money that go into feeding and maintaining them is disproportionately high when we compare them to the output the farmers get. That is why we decided to help the farmers replace inefficient cows with efficient ones.
Our Agriculture Services team provides required training and technical assistance to manage the herds of these exotic cows. Nestlé Pakistan has also developed farm input suppliers for high-quality feed/fodder, milking machines, cow importers, farm sheds etc and has connected them with farmers to fulfill farm requirements. This is helping us to develop successful business models and attracting young farmers to adopt dairy farming as a sustainable business.
Plantation of Moringa Trees
Moringa tree is considered a climate-friendly plant due to its high carbon sequestration potential. Moringa plantation will also help us introduce unique fodder which help farmers in several ways, as a source of nutrition, rumen modifier and improving conception rate in cows. This plant has one of the highest biomass with its enhanced capacity to sequester carbon. While studies are available on its benefits in several markets, we are also going to conduct a local study with the help of a partner university.
We will be planting 60,000 moringa trees every year till 2025 to reduce our carbon emissions.
Biogas and Solar Units
Nestlé Pakistan contributed to the installation of solar energy systems at 10 dairy farms to encourage farmers to switch to renewable energy. We also helped with the installation of 10 biogas digesters, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from cow dung.