At Nestlé Waters North America, we work consistently to find and use more renewable energy sources. And we’re making progress. We have invested more than $61 million in energy efficiency efforts and have increased onsite consumption from renewable resources by 24 percent compared to 2010. As a member of RE100, we are committed to identifying a path by 2017 for achieving 100 percent renewable electricity.
In addition, nine of our 28 manufacturing plants meet the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement, providing a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings.
Environmental stewardship is just one reason Nestlé Waters North America began adding more than 150 medium-duty beverage delivery trucks in 2014. Fueled by propane, the trucks will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 24.6 million pounds over their vehicle lifetimes (compared to standard vehicles).
Each delivery truck is equipped with a California Air Resources Board- and Environmental Protection Agency-compliant ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system with a 45-gallon fuel tank. Nestlé Waters North America propane trucks deliver products to customers across the country, including Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
We’re also using rail for delivery. In 2016, our Poland Spring brand shipped approximately 4,000 containers of bottled water via rail, reducing more than 500,000 road miles and significantly reducing carbon emissions.