Nestle Middle East’s Al Maha factory in Dubai has started generating renewable energy with its 20,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels, which will supply 85% of the factory’s annual electricity consumption.
It is UAE’s largest ground-mounted private solar plant, which will generate 7.2GWh of electricity per year, and eliminate 4.5 million kilograms of CO2 per year.
Nestle has recently announced its ambition to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, which means it will need to create 100% renewable electricity in all its factories, warehouses, logistics and offices.
So far, 28,000 PV panels are being installed at the three manufacturing sites of Nestle in Dubai.
Nestlé Dubai Manufacturing is also installing 5,800 PV panels generating 2,400 GWh of electricity annually, while Nestlé Waters is installing 2,600 PV panels generating 940 GWh of electricity annually.
The shift to solar power has a positive impact on reducing carbon emissions
The systems in total will generate a total of 10GWh of electricity per year and eliminate at least 600 million kilograms of CO2 emissions annually.
Nestle has reduced freshwater intake by 42% per ton of product and achieved zero waste to landfills in their factories and warehouses in the Middle East. They are trying to convert 100% of their packaging to recyclable and reusable by 2025.
Nestle has achieved a 34% decrease in energy consumption and a 28% reduction in greenhouse gas emission per ton of product. The company also produced zero waste for disposal at its food manufacturing sites in the region.