Nestlé’s KitKat brand has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025. The company aims to more than halve the emissions generated through the sourcing of its ingredients, the manufacturing of the product and its distribution.
Most emissions occurred in producing KitKat’s ingredients such as cocoa and milk, said Nestlé, so it would expand its work with cocoa, palm oil, cereals, sugar and dairy farmers to implement regenerative practices. To support this, KitKat would help farmers plant five million shade trees where it sourced its cocoa by 2025.
Work is already underway to improve the environmental footprint of KitKat factories, reducing the energy required for production by more than 40% per ton of product since 2000.
Renewable electricity at KitKat factories
Nestlé said it was already using some renewable electricity at KitKat manufacturing sites, such as power drawn from solar plants in the Middle East and Brazil. The company pledged to continue to find new ways to end dependency on fossil fuels and use 100% renewable electricity for all KitKat factories before the end of 2025.
The company is working with The Carbon Trust, a global climate change and sustainability consultancy, to measure KitKat’s current carbon footprint and hopes to complete this process later this year.
Nestlé’s statement followed PepsiCo’s announcement of ambitious 2030 sustainability farming and climate targets, which include sourcing all its key ingredients sustainably.
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