Our commitment: Protect the environment and scarce resources for now and future generations
Supporting Environmental Sustainability
At Nestlé we’re helping to protect the environment and scarce resources, now and for future generations, by improving efficiency in our own operations and by involving our partners in efforts to continuously optimise the environmental performance of our products along the value chain.
Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago is ISO 14001 certified in safety and environmental systems and routinely conducts independent third party audits to maintain that certification. We’re pleased to say that year after year we achieve certification with flying colours!
As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago has an environmental management system throughout our entire operation, which identifies all of the company’s impacts on the environment.
Programmes and activities are in place to manage and mitigate each of those impacts, with areas of focus including:
Nestlé measures and monitors energy usage on a continuous basis. Each year we implement different reduction strategies, always striving to make sure that our energy usage is lower than for the previous year. In 2015 Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago has identified energy reduction opportunities via the improvement of efficiencies in areas such as compressed, boiler operations and lighting efficiency. Specific programmes for the reduction of energy usage in each area will include the installation of more efficient compressors and the continuation of our ongoing programme to upgrade to energy efficient LED lighting fixtures.
Internationally, Nestlé takes a systematic approach to water conservation which has led to significant improvements in water efficiencies at Nestlé factories around the world. Here in Trinidad and Tobago, our water conservation projects include the recycling of water from our manufacturing process and the re-use of recycled wastewater in our manufacturing operations. Nestlé’s Trinidad and Tobago waste water treatment plant, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, processes all waste water generated by our factory to ensure that it meets all environmental parameters before being discharged into the environment.
One of Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago’s goals is to reduce our waste-to-landfill through a recycling programme for packaging waste. Particular focus is placed on our Tetra Pak waste, which we compact using specialised equipment at the factory site. This compacted waste is collected by a specialist recycler, which reprocesses the material. Recycled Tetra Pak material is used for a variety of applications from making household items to making roofing materials! Nestlé is pleased to say that 90% of the packaging used on our compound is collected, baled and sent for recycling. Nonetheless, we continually find new ways to improve our processes: In 2015, Trinidad and Tobago will begin a new programme which will treat sludge waste from our factory to transform it into fertilizer. This fertilizer will be used by the local dairy farms that provide Nestlé with fresh milk daily!
Green House Gases
Nestlé has a continuous programme in place to reduce the emissions generated by our plant activity. Every two years, an external specialist conducts an intensive exercise to assess our plant’s impact on the environment, on our neighbours, and on our employees. During this exercise, key parameters such as noise, emissions, heat stress, air quality and much more are monitored. Nestlé then incorporates the results of this assessment into new plans to improve the environmental system for our plant.