Nestlé wants to reduce its CO2 emissions from freight transport using biofuels, it announced on Wednesday, adding that it had signed agreements with Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk and CMA CGM, three of the world's largest ocean freight companies.
With these agreements, the Swiss food giant intends to use lower-emission fuels "with immediate effect" for "half" of its annual freight transport requirements, it said in a press release.
Ship fuels produced from waste products, such as used cooking oil, should enable it to reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions by around 200,000 cubic meters of CO2 equivalent, it quantifies.
This should make it possible to avoid using around 500,000 barrels of crude oil to transport goods across the oceans, adds the group that owns Nespresso coffee pods, Maggi broths and KitKat chocolate bars, among others.
Regularly criticized by environmental organizations, the Swiss group acknowledges that shipping represents only a "small part" of its carbon footprint. But it remains determined to reduce its emissions in logistics in order to achieve its carbon-neutral objectives, it insists in its press release.
Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk and CMA CGM will cover half of Nestlé's cargo volumes in 2023. These agreements come with an option to extend them into 2024 and beyond, according to the release.
BOURSORAMA AVEC AFP