At the end of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26), Nestlé underlines its commitment to become a net zero company along the entire value chain by 2050 at the latest. Nestlé was on the ground at COP26 to discuss approaches to climate action and regeneration with policymakers, businesses and other key stakeholders, and to share initial experiences.
“Tackling climate change cannot wait. At Nestlé, we want to halve our greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 – and thus contribute to the ambitious goal of the Paris Climate Agreement to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5° C,” said Anke Stübing, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Nestlé Germany: “In addition to our own efforts, we also want to support consumers in making more climate-friendly choices directly in the supermarket – for example through CO2 labelling on food. It is important to us to offer consumers :inside comparable labelling with real added value.”
Nestlé is committed to a standard for uniform CO2 labelling of food products based on scientifically sound criteria. The company supports several initiatives in this regard, such as the German transparency initiative “Together for Carbon Labelling”. Nestlé is also involved in a European project with Foundation Earth, together with scientific institutions and stakeholders from industry and commerce. Here, two models for measuring the ecological footprint of products are being tested. The first pilot products with the so-called “Eco Impact Score” are already on the market in the UK.
“In the long term, we would like to see food products labelled not only according to their CO2 emissions, but holistically in terms of their environmental impact – for example, how much water or land area they use in production. To achieve this, we also advocate a common European methodology for calculating environmental impacts,” Anke Stübing continues.