THE DECISIVE DECADE
The October 2018 special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), gave the world an unequivocal picture of the consequences of climate inaction. The subsequent August 2021 report confirmed that temperatures are still increasing and that the tipping point of 1.5°C will be reached sooner rather than later. Exceeding this threshold, by even half a degree, will significantly heighten the risks of extreme weather patterns such as drought, heatwaves and floods, and result in poverty for hundreds of millions of people.
The latest report calls for more urgent actions, a transition away from fossil fuels, and interventions that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
With this in mind, Nespresso is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality as soon as possible and net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 at the latest.
ACTING ON THE CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Every cup of coffee has a carbon footprint, resulting from all the activities undertaken across its lifecycle – from farm to end-of-life.
Since 2009, Nespresso’s climate roadmap has focused on developing solutions that decrease the GHG emissions of specific activities within this lifecycle. Our target has been those activities responsible for major impacts – both within and outside our direct control. From machine energy efficiencies to renewable energy, farming practices to recycling, these efforts have led to the reduction of the carbon footprint of a Nespresso cup of coffee.
Coffee farmers are already seeing the impacts of climate change. In the regions where we source our coffee, extreme weather patterns are becoming more prevalent with farmers needing to find ways to adapt to them. Scientific forecasts predict that by 2050, climate change could in fact reduce the global area suitable for coffee production by as much as 50%.
The supply of green coffee is responsible for almost 49% of Nespresso’s carbon footprint and is therefore central to our focus. Planting trees in these coffee sourcing regions enables farmers to adapt and better cope with the adverse effects of climate change, while leveraging the ability of trees to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. This approach – insetting – not only removes the carbon from the atmosphere but also enables coffee farmers to transition their farms into regenerative agricultural models that will stand them in good stead in the decades to come.
Insetting, as defined by the International Platform for Insetting (IPI), has been part of our climate journey since 2014 and will be instrumental in achieving our net-zero ambition.
Learn more about these climate achievements in the Creating Shared Value Report 2014-2020 achievements.
CARBON NEUTRALITY: TOWARDS NET-ZERO GHG EMISSIONS BY 2050 AT THE LATEST
It is time to be bolder, more ambitious and to involve consumers in this journey through their coffee experiences. This is why we are scaling and accelerating our efforts across the full scope of GHG emissions from farm to end-of-life, preventing GHG emissions at the source of our activities, and removing carbon from the atmosphere to ultimately curb the evolution of our global footprint.
Six levers of action will be triggered across our value chain:
- Regenerative coffee production: Accelerate the work that we do with the farmers we source our coffee from, encouraging and enabling the adoption of regenerative farming practices such as agroforestry, organic fertilisation, and soil cover.
- Ecodesign: Focus on circularity and innovation, increasing the use of recycled and recyclable materials in the design of our capsules, accessories, and machines, and promoting refurbished machines.
- Renewable energy: Continue to increase energy efficiency and move towards 100% renewable electricity across all Nespresso sites and boutiques.
- Recycling: Work with our customers and consumers to continue to drive up recycling rates for Nespresso capsules, investing in initiatives that make recycling easier and simpler, and that make used coffee grounds a source of energy.
- Logistics optimisation: Continue to work closely with our supply chain partners to introduce solutions and innovations that reduce carbon emissions throughout our operations, transport and delivery of our materials, goods, and products.
- Tree planting and reforestation: Scale our track record of 5 million trees planted within and around coffee farms to further expand carbon sinks in the regions where we source coffee.
Through all these transformative actions, we aim to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 a the latest, thereby contributing to a low-carbon and nature-positive economy.
CARBON NEUTRALITY 2022: OUR ANSWER TO URGENCY
We are also taking more immediate action.
In 2020, we announced that all Nespresso customers would be able to enjoy a carbon neutral cup of their favourite coffee by 2022. This will be delivered through many of the actions outlined above, as well as through the compensation of our residual footprint with investments in forest protection and clean energy for coffee communities.
We hope that committing to this shorter-term neutrality is seen as a bold step by our customers and, importantly, a step they will actively contribute towards too. For example, by recycling their used Nespresso capsules and choosing refurbished machines or those with ecodesign credentials.