Nespresso has committed to every cup of its coffee, whether consumers at home or in a professional setting, will be carbon neutral by 2022.
According to the company, the plan builds on more than 10 years of work during which Nespresso has reduced its carbon emissions and compensated the remainder through agroforestry.
“Climate change is a reality and our future depends on going further and faster on our sustainability commitments,” said Guillaume Le Cunff, CEO of Nespresso. “That is why we are accelerating our commitments to offer our consumers a way to drink a carbon-neutral cup of coffee by 2022.”
The coffee supplier said it will achieve carbon neutrality through several initiatives: the reduction of carbon emission; the planting of trees in and around coffee farms where the company sources its coffee and through support and investment in high-quality offsetting projects.
- Carbon emission reduction:
- Sustainable energy usage: Driving towards 100% renewable energy in all Nespresso boutiques and increasing the use of biogas within the manufacturing process.
- Expanded circularity of products and packaging: Increasing the use of recycled plastic within Nespresso machines, as well as of recycled and low carbon virgin aluminum within coffee capsules.
- Planting trees in coffee farms and the surrounding landscapes: Trees are the best way to capture carbon from the atmosphere while investing in nature and building a regenerative agricultural system. Planting trees provide the shade needed to improve the quality and quantity of a coffee harvest. The roots also help protect against soil erosion and landslides and promote soil regeneration. With its partner Pur Projet, Nespresso will triple the capacity of planting trees (with insetting) in coffee-producing countries such as Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Costa Rica.
- Accelerate to make an immediate positive impact: Nespresso will also invest in projects to support forest conservation and restoration as well as implement clean energy solutions within farming communities.
This carbon neutral commitment is part of a broader sustainability ambition that will be further communicated later this year: to preserve exceptional coffees, build a resilient and regenerative coffee agriculture system, drive sustainable livelihoods for farmers and build a circular business.