All of local plant’s electricity to be supplied by clean energy; progress towards Nestle’s goal of 100% renewable electricity.
Nestlé Waters North America has signed a power purchase agreement with Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) that will provide 100% of the electricity for the company’s bottling facility in Sacramento, California. Nestlé Waters is the only food and beverage company in Sacramento to purchase 100 percent of its power from SMUD’s clean energy programs, Greenergy® and Large Commercial SolarShares. Greenergy allows business customers to purchase up to 100 percent of their electricity from renewable resources such as wind, water, sun and biomass. Large Commercial SolarShares allows large businesses in the Sacramento region to purchase solar energy directly from SMUD. The agreement is a major step forward for Nestlé’s global ambition to procure 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.
Environmental sustainability at the local level
The Sacramento plant received certification in 2017 for meeting the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard, which sets global guidelines for efficient, collaborative and transparent water stewardship methods, from the source, to the plant, to the consumer. With this agreement, Nestlé Waters North America will help mitigate the production of approximately 7,093 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year, the equivalent to removing more than 1,519 gas-powered vehicles from the road. Nestlé Waters North America will use the clean electricity generated by SMUD to produce sustainably-sourced, healthy beverage options for Californians, including the company’s Arrowhead® Brand Mountain Spring Water and Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water.
Clean energy from coast to coast
Conservation and energy efficiency are essential values for Nestlé Waters North America and they are hard at work in the company’s facilities across the country.
On the East coast, the company recently announced a 5-year power purchase agreement that will provide approximately 80% of the electricity load for five Nestlé facilities in southeastern Pennsylvania. With the addition of the solar energy from SMUD, over 20% of the electricity Nestlé uses in the U.S. will be from renewable sources in 2019.
“As the State of California continues to act as leader on climate action and sustainability, we are dedicated to playing our part to increase the use of clean, renewable energy,” says Nelson Switzer, Chief Sustainability Officer at Nestlé Waters North America. “From Allentown, Pennsylvania to Sacramento, California, I’m proud to say that, with the help of great partners such as SMUD, we are rapidly making our way towards achieving our 100% renewable energy goal here in the U.S.”
Nestlé Waters North America’s progress toward this goal reflects its commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment and communities in which it operates. In the United States, that means employing 8,500 people in 28 bottled water facilities across the country, and sustainably managing 47 spring sources and conserving nearly 21,000 acres of natural watershed area.