Reducing environmental impact by moving from road to rail transport

Apr 18, 2017
vittel on rail

Our long-term aim for the planet is to strive for zero environmental impact in our operations.

It is one of our three long-term ambitions and 42 commitments announced in the new report ‘Nestlé in society: Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments 2016’.

Our ambitions also include helping 50 million children lead healthier lives and improving 30 million livelihoods in communities directly connected to our company’s business activities, in support of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

From road to rail transport

Nestlé Waters natural mineral water brand Vittel is helping to contribute to zero environmental impact in our operations with a new initiative to reduce our carbon footprint, by taking 1,000 trucks off the road in Switzerland.

The Vittel on Rail project, in partnership with Swiss retailer Migros, is cutting the amount of CO2 emissions by increasingly moving from road to rail to transport our products from France to Switzerland by 70%.

Today, about 700 train wagons are being used to transport our Vittel products by rail. Previously, only 170 wagons were used.

As part of the initiative, we are also working with Swiss railway SBB to enable rail journeys to transport our products without disrupting train timetables.

In addition, its trains help support the environment by using 98% of renewable energy.

Commitment to the environment

The two-year partnership between Vittel, Migros and SBB is part of our pledge to the environment, in which our company aims to halve CO2 emissions from our production sites and operations in Switzerland between 2010 and 2020.

So far, we have already cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 20% at our Swiss production sites from 2010 to 2015.