Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences - where green energy means healthier lives!

Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) is part of Nestlé’s global R&D network, working closely with research colleagues around the world to share resources and complement expertise in a wide range of technologies.

The Institute, based at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Innovation Park in Lausanne, decided to adopt a more environmentally friendly solution for its energy needs by contracting with a 100% renewable and ecologically guaranteed electricity supplier. NIHS, which has recently been ISO14001:2015 certified, is proud to be the first Nestlé site in Switzerland to opt for such a green solution, and is encouraging other sites to follow suit.

NIHS identified this solution during the ISO14001:2015 application process, using a ‘Life Cycle Analysis’ approach which provided the Institute with a clear vision of its major environmental impacts. As a result, NIHS will achieve a 47% reduction in its global carbon footprint.

This is an important move for the Institute, which concluded its ‘NATUREMADE STAR!’ contract in partnership with La Romande Energie. ‘NATUREMADE STAR!’ identifies electricity produced in a particularly environmentally friendly manner, with no CO2 emissions, for example, and using measures to preserve the surroundings of energy generation sites. This new approach guarantees that the electricity consumed comes from a 100% Swiss hydraulic origin, with provision of a fund for environmental improvement projects at a rate of CHF 1.0 ct./kWh. These funds can be used to rehabilitate terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and for information and communication projects such as campaigns, youth programmes and the creation of educational nature trails.

”Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences is proud that its fundamental research to help us better understand health and disease and develop science-based targeted nutritional solutions to keep us healthier throughout our lives is now powered entirely by 100% renewable electricity”, comments Ed Baetge, Head of NIHS.