Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) has announced that its ReadyRefresh by Nestlé operations, its bottled water and delivery service, has achieved carbon neutrality.
ReadyRefresh, which provides a delivery service for its beverage brands across the US, has been certified as a CarbonNeutral company in accordance with The CarbonNeutral protocol.
The achievement builds on ReadyRefresh’s commitments to reduce its environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions.
Through multiple initiatives, the firm is reportedly on track to convert 50% of its beverage delivery trucks to propane this year and has begun to add electric vehicles to its last-mile fleet.
According to the company, it has optimised its delivery routes reducing customer delivery miles by 600,000 in 2019, and transports its water dispensers to be cleaned by train instead of truck, saving approximately 100 tons of carbon each month.
Finally, ReadyRefresh claims all its Texas branches bar one now use 100% renewable electricity and plans to expand this to its 11 branches in Florida and Pennsylvania this year.
To address the remaining emissions, ReadyRefresh worked with Natural Capital Partners to purchase carbon offsets in the regions, states and communities where it operates.
“As a direct-to-consumer beverage delivery service with more than 7,000 deliveries every working hour, we are committed to making our operations as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible while listening to our customers and serving the communities, states and regions in which we operate,” said Henrik Jelert, executive VP of ReadyRefresh.
Jelert added: “This achievement marks an important step in our journey to grow the ReadyRefresh service through agile adaptation to ever-evolving customer needs, operational efficiency and longstanding sustainability efforts that help to minimise our environmental footprint.”
The company said it will continue to further reduce absolute emissions through additional carbon footprint reduction activities and explore insetting projects within the land and forest areas owned and managed by the company.
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