SWITZERLAND – KitKat, one of the world’s most popular chocolate brands, has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025, bolstering Nestlé’s sustainability efforts which aim to achieve net zero emissions throughout its value chain by no later than 2050.
The Nestlé owned chocolate brand aims to achieve carbon neutrality by reducing the emissions generated through the sourcing of its ingredients, the manufacturing of the product and its distribution by more than 50% as part of the plan.
According to KitKat, most emissions occur when producing ingredients like cocoa and milk and the brand has committed to reduce these emissions as much as possible through initiatives like restoring forests and supporting a transition to regenerative agriculture.
To this end, KitKat plans to expand its work with cocoa, palm oil, cereals, sugar and dairy farmers to implement regenerative practices and has committed to helping farmers plant five million shade trees where it sources its cocoa by 2025.
To improve the environmental footprint of its factories KitKat has embraced renewable electricity at manufacturing sites, such as power drawn from solar plants in the Middle East and Brazil
According to the company, such practices have already reduced the energy required to produce KitKat by more than 40% per ton of product since 2000 and the company says it will continue to find new ways to end dependency on fossil fuels and use 100% renewable electricity for all KitKat factories before the end of 2025.
For any emissions that cannot be eliminated, the brand says it will invest in high quality offsetting based on natural climate solutions.
KitKat is working with The Carbon Trust, a global climate change and sustainability consultancy, to measure the brand’s current carbon footprint and will complete this process later in 2021.
KitKat has a history of improving the sustainability of its supply chain that dates back more than a decade. In 2009, Nestlé launched the Nestlé Cocoa Plan and by 2016, KitKat sourced 100% of its cocoa from the program.
Under the Plan, Nestlé has planted more than 15 million cocoa trees and invested CHF 300 million in cocoa sustainability and the new KitKat carbon neutral pledge is expected to complement the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental footprint further.
Its parent company Nestlé has, on the other hand, used a variety of tools for the last ten years, including certification, supply chain mapping and satellite imagery, to achieve its no-deforestation commitment.
Furthermore, Nestlé is focusing on forest conservation and restoration and recently joined forces with others to launch the Rimba Collective to supports the protection and restoration of over 500,000 hectares of tropical forest landscapes in Southeast Asia, where the company sources its ingredients.
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