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Enel and food and beverage brand Nestle have expanded their partnership on renewable energy and decarbonisation in Panama.

The two will co-implement a series of projects aimed at accelerating renewable energy, sustainability and decarbonisation projects.

Nestle and Enel Green Power will work to accelerate stakeholder and consumer awareness on the benefits of renewables and sustainability. The two will host workshops showing how companies achieve more competitive electricity rates while reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

Enel Green Power has awarded Nestlé with International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECS) for its contribution to the development of new, renewable projects and for its progress towards using renewables to meet all of its energy needs in Panama.

The certificates guarantee that the energy supplied to the end-user comes from renewable sources and is recognised by the main global sustainability indexes as a tool that helps meet national and international renewable energy goals.

Maximilian Winter, Enel Country Manager in Panama, said: “We are pleased to provide Nestlé with the best option to achieve its sustainability objectives through the consumption of renewable energy. As our client, Nestlé not only consumes renewable energy, but also uses energy from a sustainable company, committed to preserving the environment and the well-being of the communities where it develops its projects.”

Claudia Alvarado, Sustainability Manager of Nestlé Central America, adds: “In 2010 Nestlé committed itself to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally by 35% within a decade. In Central America, in 2018, we exceeded this goal by achieving a 59% reduction in our emissions, compared to 2010. These results were achieved thanks to energy efficiency projects launched in our 16 workplaces in the region and through the direct purchase of 10,000 MW of renewable energy to Enel, which is equivalent to reducing our emissions by 2,800 tons of CO2. Through these actions we seek to strengthen our action framework, Creating Shared Value, and generating value for our entire supply chain, taking care of the communities and the planet.”

Nestle and Enel Green Power started their cooperation in 2018 with the signing of a PPA which involved the supply of 10.5GWh per year, for 15 years to the factories of Los Santos and Natá, located at Coclé province, as well as to the administrative offices of La Loma and the Costa Sur Distribution Center, located in Panama province.