Nespresso
01/12/2020

While Nespresso France has been offering its customers carbon-neutral coffee since 2016, the company is committed to doing the same worldwide by 2022.

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Nespresso is committed to ensuring that every cup of Nespresso coffee is carbon neutral by 2022, both for its private and business customers. 

This new ambition is based on ten years of work during which Nespresso has reduced its carbon footprint and offset the rest of its emissions through its agroforestry programme.

Climate change is a reality and our future depends on our commitment to go further and faster in terms of sustainability. That's why we are accelerating our commitments to offer our consumers the opportunity to drink a carbon-neutral cup of coffee by 2022. Coffee produced from the best beans from sustainable sources. I firmly believe that our company and the coffee industry can make a positive change in the world by tackling this urgent issue.
Guillaume Le Cunff, CEO of Nespresso

While Nespresso has already achieved carbon neutrality for all its operations (scopes 1 and 2, i.e. offices, production centres, shops) since 2017, its new commitment now concerns emissions from its supply chain and the life cycle of its coffee (scope 3). On Scope 3, Nespresso France has been a pioneer and is already carbon neutral since 2016, thanks to the planting of more than 500,000 trees per year in the heart of coffee farms in Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Uganda.

Nespresso will achieve carbon neutrality by reducing its CO2 emissions, by planting trees in and around the farms where the company sources its coffee (insetting) and by investing in high quality carbon offset projects.

1. Reducing carbon emissions: one of the pillars of Nespresso's vision is to decarbonise its value chain. Immediate initiatives include :

- Use of sustainable energy in the Nespresso value chain: leading the transition to 100% renewable energy in all Boutiques and increased use of biogas in the production process.

- Strengthening the integration of Nespresso's products and packaging into the circular economy: by using more recycled plastic in the machines, as well as more recycled aluminium and low carbon footprint virgin aluminium in the coffee capsules.

2. Planting trees in coffee farms and their ecosystems (insetting): trees are the best way to sequester carbon, but also to protect nature and create a regenerative farming system. Planting trees provides the necessary shade to improve the quality of the coffee and the quantities harvested. Their roots prevent landslides and soil erosion and promote soil regeneration. Together with its partner PUR Project, Nespresso will triple its tree planting capacity (with insetting) in coffee producing countries such as Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Uganda and Costa Rica.

3. Acceleration for immediate positive impact (offset initiatives): Nespresso will also invest in forest conservation and restoration projects and implement clean energy solutions in farming communities.

This commitment to carbon neutrality is part of a broader sustainability ambition that will be reported on later this year: to preserve exceptional coffees, create a resilient and regenerative coffee industry for Nespresso and the communities where the company sources its coffee, provide sustainable livelihoods for coffee farmers and become a circular business.