Nestlé food and drink products will now be delivered around the UK and Ireland by trucks which emit up to 95% less carbon, the manufacturer has revealed.
This significant reduction in emissions comes after the company switched 75% of its owned fleet of trucks from diesel to Bio-LNG, a liquefied gas which is a by-product of waste.
The move is a significant step towards Nestlé’s commitment to be net zero by 2050.
Exploring solutions to reduce its carbon emissions
Nestlé says it has been exploring solutions to reduce its carbon emissions in its transport and logistics network since 2017.
The company chose to switch to Bio-LNG fuel as it is a renewable source of energy suitable for powering trucks around its transport network.
This fuel conversion project has taken several years to get on the road thanks to the complex nature of the delivery network and the journey to this interim milestone has been challenging.
‘Network to ensure goods are transported’
Sally Wright, the head of delivery at Nestlé UK and Ireland, said: “Running a network to ensure goods are transported around the country in a timely and efficient manner, while reducing our carbon footprint, is a complicated task.
“Considerations such as the refuelling facilities of Bio-LNG, the weight of the goods the truck carry and the range restrictions of alternate fuels, has meant that every step of the journey needs to be meticulously planned.”
She added: “We’ve worked with a number of partners in order to make the change and collaboration has been key.
“We wouldn’t have been able to get these trucks on the road without industry collaboration.”
Nestlé is reducing its carbon footprint
The switch to Bio-LNG for the Nestlé owned fleet is just one of the ways Nestlé is reducing its carbon footprint.
The company’s logistics team is also working with its haulage partners as they transition to alternative fuels.
Another specific initiative sees Nestlé working collaboratively with customers and other manufacturers to increase the amount of product on each vehicle.
This will help maximise each truck’s delivery capacity and will, ultimately, reduce the number of vehicles on the road and subsequently shrink the company’s carbon footprint.
Replaced with trucks using alternative fuels
Over the next two years, the remaining fleet of Nestlé owned trucks at the end of their commercial life will be replaced with trucks using alternative fuels to diesel.
Ms Wright said: “I am extremely pleased we have been able to make this transition and reveal the new, more sustainable trucks now and look forward even more of them on the road in the near future.
“I am really proud of the logistics team’s efforts over the last few years to make this happen.”