Nestlé Pledges €3 Billion To Slash Emissions But Won't 'Walk Away' From Meat and Dairy
Nestlé headquarters Nestlé aims for zero net emissions by 2050 - Media Credit: Adobe. Do not use without permission

Nestlé Pledges €3 Billion To Slash Emissions But Won’t ‘Walk Away’ From Meat and Dairy

The Swiss conglomerate will not stop producing meat and dairy, despite saying it needs 'to shift consumer preferences towards plant-based food'

By

2 Minutes Read

Food giant Nestlé has pledged to spend €3 billion in the next five years to slash its greenhouse gas emissions.

Last year the Swiss conglomerate announced it would ‘accelerate action’ to tackle climate change and committed to zero net emissions by 2050.

However, Chief Executive Mark Schneider has recently said the company will not ‘walk away’ from meat and dairy – despite their impact on the planet. 

‘A more carbon-efficient way’

“We want to make them in a more carbon-efficient way,” he told the Financial Times. “If we . . . walk away from [those divisions] and the emissions continue unabated, the world is not better off.”

Nestlé’s Head of Operations Magdi Batato also said the brand was trialing alternatives to cow feed -including seaweed and algae – to try and reduce the amount of methane released. 

Despite backing meat production, Schneider did add: “We need to change the way agriculture is done and we need to shift consumer preferences towards plant-based food and beverages. It’s truly a long-term undertaking.”

‘Predominantly plant-based’

Earlier this year, research from an international team led by the University of Oxford found slashing our use of fossil fuel use is essential to meet global climate targets. But is not enough unless we also transform the global food system.

In fact, scientists say, even if fossil fuel emissions stop immediately, emissions from the global food system alone could increase global temperatures by more than 1.5°C.

Dr. Michael Clark is from The Oxford Martin School and Nuffield Department of Population Health. In a statement sent to Plant Based News, he said: “Discussions on mitigating climate change typically focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, for instance, from transportation or energy production. 

“However, our research emphasizes the importance of reducing emissions from the global food system… The most important is for individuals to shift towards predominantly plant-based diets.”

Millions around the world trust Plant Based News for content about navigating our changing planet & our role in it.

Our independent team of journalists and experts are committed to making an impact through a wide range of content—and you can help by supporting our work today.

heading/author

The Author

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.

More by Liam Gilliver iconography/arrow-right

heading/comments

Leave a Comment

Plant Based News Comment Policy

In short:- If you act with maturity and consideration for other users, you should have no problems. Please read our Comment policy before commenting.

Comments [3]  
buttons/scroll-to-top/scroll-to-top-small-active
3
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x