Against the rising concerns of climate change globally, organizations are intensifying measures to curtail the amount of carbon emissions by introducing environmentally friendly alternatives.
The latest is a leading Quick Service Restaurant, Eat ’N’ Go Limited Kenya, a franchisee for Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, in Kenya which has announced it has commenced trials of electronic bikes as part of efforts to gradually phase out the fuel-powered bikes.
The Company made this announcement at its office in Westlands Nairobi where its MD, Peter Jones hosted Mr. Sotaro Nishikawa, the Executive Director at Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), and representatives from Arcride Global Bede Hesmond Halgh and Jo Hurst Croft during an inspection of the e-motorbikes and the high tech battery swap unit.
According to the company, the initiative which seeks to drive the environmental sustainability agenda through the reduction of our Carbon emissions will facilitate the realization of its 25 Minutes delivery guarantee promise to its customers.
Nestle, a leading Fast-Moving Consumer Goods company has introduced several eco-friendly initiatives in line with its vision to reduce its carbon footprint and achieve net zero by 2050.
“The challenge posed by climate change is serious and growing. Nestlé is working hard to reduce its carbon footprint and achieve net zero by 2050 at the latest. We take a holistic approach to managing our impact on the environment joining the dots between climate and related issues including water stewardship, biodiversity, and human rights” the company stated.
According to Nestle, 4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions reductions have been achieved through Nestlé projects since 2018, and by 2025, it will reduce absolute emissions by 20%, and by 2030 by 50%. The company added that while 63.7 % renewable electricity was sourced in 2021, by 2025, it will source 100% renewable electricity across our sites globally.
The company further revealed that while it has achieved 97.2 % deforestation-free in primary meat, palm oil, pulp and paper, soya, and sugar supply chains in the year 2021, the company projects that by 2022, it will achieve and maintain 100% deforestation-free primary supply chains.
Recognizing the severe impact of carbon emissions to climate change, Unilever stated that it is taking action across its business value chain and that the company is on the front line with game-changing product innovations.
It said: “Guided by the Unilever Compass and our Climate Transition Action Plan, we’ve set out a clear pathway to take us to zero emissions in our operations by 2030 and net zero emissions across our value chain by 2039.
We’re transitioning to renewable energy across our operations, finding new low-carbon ingredients, expanding our plant-based product range, and developing fossil-fuel-free cleaning and laundry products. Across our portfolio, our brands are working hard to reduce the impact of our products when used by consumers. And we’re using our influence to accelerate progress in our value chain”.
Today’s levels of consumption of products across the world have a huge environmental impact and greenhouse gas footprint. Around 3.4 billion consumers use our products every day. We want to make affordable, effective products that don’t cost the earth.
The company which disclosed that it is working hard to decarbonize its operations by 2030 by engaging suppliers to join us in our efforts to achieve net zero emissions by 2039 stated that Two-thirds of products’ greenhouse gas footprint is from consumer use and has taken responsibility for reducing this impact.
“That’s why one of our medium-term goals is to halve our GHG impact per consumer use by reformulating products to cut GHG emissions in use, helping consumers lower their GHG footprint by reducing food waste or choosing plant-based foods, and through helping them understand the GHG footprint of products they purchase”.
In a wide-ranging address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, on 20 September 2022, Secretary-General António Guterres while lamenting the environmental crisis caused by carbon emission said: “Fossil fuel companies and their “enablers” need to be held to account, he said. “That includes the banks, private equity, asset managers, and other financial institutions that continue to invest and underwrite carbon pollution.”
He stated that decisive action needed to be taken to save the planet.