Nestlé is investing over CHF 100 million by 2030 in low-carbon logistics for its three international water brands – S. Pellegrino, Acqua Panna and Perrier. This investment will focus on optimising logistics routes and accelerating train transport, increasing the use of alternative fuels and transportation options and testing innovative alternative transportation options. By eliminating unnecessary journeys and shifting towards alternative modes of transport, Nestlé’s international water brands will be able to reduce their total greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the company’s 2050 net zero commitment.

The vast majority of the company’s international water brands’ emissions come from logistics and packaging (scope 3), according to a lifecycle assessment peer-reviewed by Quantis, a leading environmental sustainability consultancy. These brands have already reduced their total greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 10 per cent over the last decade and had set the goal to achieve carbon neutrality by the end of 2022. Nestlé Waters will prioritise further emissions reductions as the most impactful way these brands can contribute to the group’s net zero ambition and achieve the greatest long-term emissions impact, instead of carbon neutrality certification. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in logistics requires systemic change and collaboration across the supply chain.

Optimising routes and accelerating train transport
Together with its logistics partners and customers, Nestlé Waters is reducing the number of truck journeys by optimising payloads and routes. It will provide customers with fewer, but bigger, shipments and use more rail transportation across Europe, the continent where Nestlé Waters has its biggest environmental footprint.

In fact, by 2021, Nestlé Waters converted 30% of its European logistics from road to rail. In France, Nestlé Waters launched new rail routes for Perrier, saving an estimated 12,000 tonne of CO2 equivalent per year by the end of 2022. The business is also working with partners to roll out a hydrogen – powered train route in France by 2025. That route will help reduce CO2e by an estimated 10,000 tonne per year – a reduction of 90% of its current emissions, the equivalent of more than 30,000 round trips from Paris to Nice by car each year.

Rail transportation of S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna brands has also enabled a reduction of between 800 and 1,700 tonne of CO2.