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Improving water efficiency

Our commitment

Work to achieve water efficiency and sustainability across our operations

Why it matters

Water is vital to Nestlé’s operations, and we are aware of our responsibility to use it as efficiently as possible. We annually assess the water-related risks at our facilities, combining the level of water stress in the regions where we operate and our water use, to determine the factories where water issues matter most.

As many of our facilities are located in water-stressed areas, we are permanently working to preserve local water resources through robust auditing processes and technology improvements to ensure best-in-class water efficiency in our operations.

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What we are doing

In 2019, we continued to work on improving our water use efficiency while developing water stewardship plans to reduce our operational water use. Read more about it in our 2019 progress report.

By 2020

Reduce direct water withdrawals per tonne of product in every product category to achieve an overall reduction of 35% since 2010

By 2020

Carry out 40 new Water Resource Reviews in selected manufacturing facilities in all greenfield sites

Direct water withdrawal reduction, % variation since 2010 per tonne of product in our manufacturing operations. 2010 to 2016: 25%, 2010 to 2017: 29%, 2010 to 2018: 30%, 2010 to 2019: 31%.

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Demonstrating our commitment


Safeguarding water with technology

Making immediate changes to save water requires real-time information on water use. That is why, in 2019, Nestlé Waters announced the implementation of a new monitoring system across its operations in more than 20 countries. The Aquassay technology allows Nestlé Waters to live-monitor every aspect of the production process in our bottling plants, resulting in more efficient operations and better water management. The system continually collects data and displays it on various devices. This allows facility managers to make quick calls with regard to operational adjustments, troubleshooting or maintenance.

This technology will increase the knowledge of water flows and uses in our bottling activities, allowing Nestlé Waters to share further information with the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) and contributing to the preparation of certification of all Nestlé Waters sites to the AWS Standard by 2025.
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Water withdrawals at our factories by product category (m3 per tonne of product)

Category 2010 2019 % reduction since 2010
Milk products 5.5 3.4 37
Confectionery 7.2 3.2 56
Nutrition and healthcare 13.6 8.6 37
PetCare 1.2 1.1 11
Powdered and liquid beverages 13.9 5.9 58
Prepared dishes and cooking aids 5.5 3.5 36
Water 1.7 1.5 10
Nestlé Waters

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How we are striving for zero

Our 2030 ambition is to strive for zero environmental impact in our operations

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Caring for water

We’re dedicated to protecting water sources

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Acting on climate change

Climate change is a global challenge, and we are committed to doing our bit

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Safeguarding the environment

We can use resources more efficiently, reduce food waste and help consumers play their part


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