The NESTLÉ PURE LIFE model is introducing opportunities to reduce distance to consumers. NESTLÉ PURE LIFE is a global multi-source model providing safe and affordable drinking water, adapted to local preferences. The water can be purified utilising several treatments in order to comply with our stringent product quality requirements. Compared with natural mineral waters, prepared waters offer a wider range of opportunities for exploring new water resources, in particular to settle our factories closer to populated areas.
2 / Using alternative transport modes
In many cases, two or three modes of transport are combined before our products reach the consumer. However, it remains highly dependent on the status of the existing alternative freight networks in a given region, such as railway, shipping canals and harbours. At Nestlé Waters we explore all economically-feasible opportunities to divert an increasing share of our transported tonnage from roads.
3 / Exploring new technologies
Nestlé Waters carefully follows the development of any new technologies that would improve environmental performance for a given transport mode. In particular, our Home and Office businesses in North America and Poland have initiated pilot projects to replace their regular truck fleet with hybrid trucks (gasoline and electric engines).
This transition is expected to accelerate in future years as the technology improves and our current delivery trucks are replaced.
4 / Optimizing payload
Payload is one of the areas of the distribution phase where we have found opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint. Local regulations define the maximum allowable weight of final product that can be loaded onto a truck.
Based on current limitations, Nestlé Waters has actively worked to optimise the ratio between our actual load and the authorised allowance to reduce the environmental impact of transport per litre.
As a result, the worldwide average road payload has increased reaching 22,5 tonnes (2014) of finished product per truck. We also believe that increasing payload regulatory limitations can be very beneficial in order to decrease the number of trucks on the road, thereby reducing the environmental impacts per litre transported.
5 / Partnership with suppliers
We favour long-term partnerships with carriers and include environmental criterions in the supplier selection process. The most recent trucks -such as Euro5, Euro6 - have benefited from significant improvements to reduce fuel consumption and emissions versus older generations.
Consequently, we also pay close attention to the environmental performance of partner / supplier vehicle fleets. Despite this on-going work to improve vehicle performance, we continue to utilise national average truck efficiency statistics in our environmental performance calculations.
We are working with bottled water suppliers to progressively incorporate actual carrier data in order to more accurately reflect our selective truck policy.
Once this has been implemented, we expect a further reduction in our accounting of Nestlé Waters’ transport impacts.
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