Reducing the Impact of Bottled Water Production

Committed to reducing our footprint

At every step in our bottled water production process, or Product Value Chain, we look for ways to trim our carbon footprint. In 2007, we conducted our first Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory. We looked at the Product Value Chain of our entire operation -- from upstream suppliers, to how we source, to our products, all the way through transportation. We also included impacts from contract carriers and estimated the carbon embedded in the plastic of our bottles.

The study indicated that Nestlé Waters North America’s GHG emissions in 2008 were 2.128 million tons of CO2e. This is 0.03% of all the emissions in America in that year.

Since then, we’ve significantly reduced our carbon footprint. The charts below show where we are today, but we’re not done. We’re continually evaluating our process to go even further.

Our commitment to reduce carbon emissions

Over the period of 2006-2009, our carbon emissions decreased 3% despite an increase in our business. On a normalized basis (adjusted for growth), our carbon emissions actually decreased 12%.

Nestlé Waters North America carbon emissions, 2006-2009

The facts about how Nestlé Waters North America uses its energy

We found that many of our bottled water operations are already pretty efficient. Here’s the breakdown. Our GHG study indicated that the majority of our carbon emissions come from packaging materials. That’s just one reason we’re continuing to take steps to reduce the amount of plastic we use.

Nestlé Waters North America Carbon Emissions Breakdown, 2010

Nestlé Waters North America carbon emissions breakdown, 2010

Environmental Metrics for Bottled Water Manufacturing Facilities

Focusing on water sustainability has helped us make key improvements in our facilities. Since 2008, these changes have helped us decrease our footprint, while our overall volume has actually increased by 5%. The facts about bottled water production improvements serve as examples:

  • Through lightweighting, among other projects, we’ve decreased our material consumption by 6%.
  • Through improvements to both our supply chain and efficiency, we’ve trimmed our energy use (per liter) by 13% and our water use (per liter) by 1%.
  • Through changing our utility setup, we’ve discontinued using natural gas on-site to produce electricity.
  • Through a variety of changes, we’re now recycling facility solid waste at a rate of 98% for 2010 (that’s up 13% from 2008). And our actual waste sent to landfills has decreased 75% from these efforts.

Nestlé Waters North America Key Metric Tracking 2008-2010

 Nestlé Waters North America Enviornmental Key Metric Tracking, 2008-2010