USA – Nespresso, the coffee operating unit of the Nestlé Group has committed to ensure that every cup of its coffee, both for at-home and for professional customers, will be carbon neutral by 2022.
Nespresso says that it will achieve the target through reducing its carbon emissions and planting trees in and around coffee farms where it sources its coffee.
Thirdly, the company will invest in ‘high-quality’ offsetting projects, including initiatives to support forest conservation and restoration, or implement clean energy solutions within farming communities.
“Climate change is a reality and our future depends on going further and faster on our sustainability commitments. That is why we are accelerating our commitments to offer our consumers a way to drink a carbon neutral cup of coffee by 2022,” said Guillaume Le Cunff, CEO of Nespresso.
Having already achieved carbon neutrality in its business operations since 2017, the company’s new commitment will tackle emissions that occur in its supply chain and product life cycle.
Under its carbon emission reduction aim, Naspresso will achieve this through sustainable energy usage within its operations by driving towards 100% renewable energy in all boutiques and increasing the use of biogas within the manufacturing process.
In addition, the company will Increase the use of recycled plastic within its machines, as well as of recycled and low carbon virgin aluminum within coffee capsules.
Earlier this year, Nespresso launched what it claims are the first coffee capsules made using 80% recycled aluminium.
According to Nespresso planting trees in coffee farms and the surrounding landscapes is the best way to capture carbon from the atmosphere while investing in nature and building a regenerative agricultural system.
The trees will also provides the shade needed to improve the quality and quantity of a coffee harvest, while the roots help protect against soil erosion and landslides, and promote soil regeneration.
With its partner Pur Projet, Nespresso will triple the capacity of planting trees in coffee producing countries such as Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Costa Rica.
Nespresso will also invest in projects to support forest conservation and restoration as well as implement clean energy solutions within farming communities.
The 2022 carbon neutrality roadmap has been endorsed by the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board (NSAB) members.
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, indicated Nespresso.
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