The collaboration between VEGEA and Nestlè Group started in December 2017 with the “Innovation for the circular economy” project: the two companies met at the European Parliament in Bruxelles to bring a massage of innovation and circular economy.
Workshops and dialogues with the Members of the European Parliament offered the chance to submit proposals for innovation in the European legislation, facing the challenges that companies are currently dealing with.
Proposals aiming everyone to play key role in multilateral initiatives and to boost the policy dialogue on climate and environmental issues.
Nestlè Group is one of the world’s biggest food companies, leading the change through innovation and circular economy. It is ready to build a sustainable future with an innovative approach that is able to create a new lifecycle for agroindustry goods.
The important goals of waste reduction and natural resources optimization can be reached through technology and processes enabling the optimization in water and energy management.
Renewable sources use is an important goal together with sustainability commitments, valorization of byproducts and carbon emissions reduction.
VEGEA had the chance to discuss on such topics at the European Parliament, during the Nestlè Nespresso EU40 event, held on 6 December 2017.
As a keynote speaker VEGEA company presented Its Vegeabiopolymer and Vegeatextile projects coming from the integration between chemistry and agriculture thanks to the development of integrated agroindustry chains that are able to find solutions for the waste valorization and the creation of innovative biopolymers.
Nestlè is focusing on climate initiatives: reduction of carbon emissions, renewable electricity, deforestation, communication of the company’s data related to the climate change and involvement in the climate policy-making.
Carbon emissions reached historic highs from the Industrial revolution, causing climate changes that are threatening the global food safety. Crop’s yield reduction and production areas’ displacement are straining the long term stability of quality and secure raw materials supply.
To make ecosustainability a part of new and improved products, Nestlè is making Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) with the aim to measure and persistently optimize the environmental footprint of every product of the value chain. The findings raised by LCA are incorporated in the sustainability profile of Nestlè product categories (Nestlé Category Sustainability Profiles), containing the critical issues belonging to each category and the practical measures to correct them at every stage of the value chain.
Nestlè also aims to better understand the farmer’s needs by promoting rural development programmes.
Well-being of farmers, of their families and of the whole community is crucial for the company’s long term success. We are committed to offering services to support agriculture and training programmes to develop the skills of our direct suppliers. The framework initiative on rural development (Rural Development Framework, RDF) is a diagnostic tool that will enable us to adopt an approach helping to face the issues related to this field”