Nestlé has announced plans to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in part by working with farmers to restore land and limit greenhouse gas emissions. The global company, which manufactures dozens of food and beverage brands, as well as health care and pet food, embraces part of the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. Ahead of the U.N. Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit this month, Nestlé will sign the ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C’ pledge, aiming to limit the global temperature rise by that level. The company also plans to improve management of its dairy supply chain and do more to protect forests by replanting trees and enhancing biodiversity. In addition, the firm says it will launch more products that have a better environmental footprint and contribute to a balanced diet, including more plant-based food and beverage options. And Nestlé is also pledging to use 100% renewable electricity in its factories and offices. "Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face as a society. It is also one of the greatest risks to the future of our business," said Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO. "We are running out of time to avoid the worst effects of global warming. That is why we are setting a bolder ambition to reach a net-zero future. Deploying Nestlé’s global resources and industry know-how, we know we can make a difference at significant scale. Our journey to net zero has already started. Now, we are accelerating our efforts," he added. The firm reported that, since 2014, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across its entire value chain is equivalent to taking 1.2 million cars off the road.

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