Inauguration of the first private solar station in El Jadida at the Nestlé factory

Nestlé today inaugurated the first private solar station in the city of El Jadida. Located on 7,000 square meters of land adjacent to the company’s factory, the solar station operates some 2,600 photovoltaic panels, produces 1.7 GWh of electricity per year, and eliminates the emission of over one million kilograms. of CO2 each year. The Nestlé solar station in El Jadida is part of the strategy set by the Swiss multinational, consisting of halving Nestlé’s CO2 emissions by 2030 and achieving a zero emissions target net by 2050. El Jadida is the third solar station installed in the Middle East and North Africa region and, after factories in Dubai and Jordan. The El Jadida solar station was built in collaboration with Qair, a leader in renewable energies, and has mobilized an investment of around 12 million dirhams. The Nestlé solar station was inaugurated in the presence of Mr. Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Environment, Mr. Mohammed El Guerrouj, Governor of the Province of El Jadida, His Excellency Guillaume Scheurer, Ambassador of Switzerland to Morocco, Mr. Rémy Ejel, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Middle East and North Africa, and Ms. Imane Zaoui, Managing Director of Nestlé Morocco. “The Nestlé solar station in El Jadida represents a contribution to the national energy strategy which aims to produce, by 2030, more than 52% of the Kingdom’s electricity from renewable resources, one of the objectives of which is important is to promote clean production in our industrial fabric, ”Mr. Rabbah said. “We strongly encourage the private sector to contribute to the achievement of these national sustainability goals; we are also inviting more entities to take part in the daily efforts to make the environment healthier ”. For his part, Mr. Ejel said: “We thank the local authorities for their support, without which the construction of this solar station would not have been possible. We are committed to achieving our ambitions and ensuring a full transition to the use of 100% renewable electricity at all of our sites around the world by 2025. This forms part of our roadmap to reduce emissions from CO2 and act in the face of the challenges of climate change. Founded in 1992, the Nestlé factory in El Jadida manufactures the Nido and Nescafé brands, including fortified whole milk powder, growth milk, and coffee. All of these products meet the highest safety and quality standards. The factory has obtained several international certifications in food safety management, quality management and environment. It has also achieved its goal of zero waste to landfill. Other environmental actions within the plant include an initiative to convert fuels to liquefied petroleum gas. It will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 3.7 million kilograms per year. The El Jadida factory buys more than 60,000 tonnes of fresh milk per year from more than 6,000 small farms of various sizes in the Doukkala region. With the “Model Village” initiative in particular, Nestlé supports farmers and the future generation of farmers, with technical skills training. This initiative aims to improve safety, productivity, quality, husbandry practices and environmental practices. Nestlé is thus aligned with the government’s “Generation Green 2020-2030” strategy, which encourages sustainable agriculture and supports local farmers. As a signatory to the United Nations “Business Ambition for 1.5 ° C” commitment, Nestlé is one of the first companies to unveil its roadmap, stepping up its efforts in the fight against climate change.