Nestlé, DEWA Inaugurates UAE’s Largest Private Solar Plant

 by John Carlo Bogayan

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Nestlé, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) inaugurates UAE’s largest Solar Plant at Nestlé Middle East’s Al Maha factory, September 25- Wednesday.

The inauguration were witnessed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of DEWA– HE Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman-Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South – HE Massimo Baggi, Ambassador of Switzerland to the UAE and Bahrain – Dr. Franco Vigliotti, Project Head and Dean of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in the Middle East – Marco Settembri, Executive Vice President Nestlé S.A and CEO Zone Europe, Middle East and North Africa and Yves Manghardt, Nestlé’s Middle East Chairman and CEO.

The 28,000 photovoltaic panels will be distributed in three manufacturing sites of Nestlé. Al Maha will be the largest site that will generate 7.2GWh (Gigawatt hours) of electricity with 20,000 photovoltaic panels. Al Maha site eliminates 4.5 kilograms of CO2 per year.

 “I am pleased to be here again at the Nestlé Al Maha factory in Dubai South, to witness the harvest of cooperation on sustainability between DEWA and Nestlé. This is a real example of the positive effect of collaboration between the public and private sectors in renewable and clean energy, which will have a positive net effect on the environment as a whole locally and internationally,” HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer stated.

Since 2010, Nestlé Middle East achieved 34 percent decrease in energy consumption and 28 percent in greenhouse gas emissions per ton of product. Manufacturing sites in the region produces zero waste disposal.

Meanwhile, Manghardt stated that, “We are determined to continue to play a positive role in the Middle East and contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With our scale, and our actions, we can create positive impact in society, and be a force of good.

Almost 137 of Nestlé’s 413 factories in the world are already using 100 percent renewable electricity. Six years from now, Nestlé is targeting to use 100 percent of its packaging material recyclable or re-usable.