Nestlé is joining a new research partnership between industry and academia that aims to improve the environmental performance of consumer products and services. The company is the only global food and beverage manufacturer to join the International Chair in Life Cycle Assessment unit at the Interuniversity Research Center for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes, and Services (CIRAIG) in Montreal, Canada. Life cycle assessment is the most widely used scientific methodology for assessing products’ overall environmental impact. Nestlé’s approach to using life cycle assessments in all its product categories has enabled it to systematically improve the environmental performance of many of its popular products and systems.
“This partnership will help us expand our knowledge of life cycle assessments,” said Nestlé Scientist Urs Schenker. “We use them when developing products to measure areas of environmental impacts, for example, water use in agriculture, CO2 emissions in manufacture, and the amount of energy used in distribution. The partnership will also help us to provide consumers with improved information about our products’ environmental performance, helping them make more informed decisions about what they buy.”