Nestlé’s Nespresso coffee brand announced today that it was committing to reaching carbon neutrality for every cup of Nespresso coffee by 2022, for both at-home and for professional customers.
Guillaume Le Cunff, CEO of Nespresso, said:
“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. A coffee, made from the finest and rarest beans, sustainably sourced. I truly believe that both our business and the coffee industry can be a force for good in the world by tackling this pressing issue.”
Nespresso achieved scope 1 and 2 carbon neutrality in 2017. The new commitment extends to addressing emissions in the company’s supply chain and product life cycle (scope 3). The company’s initiatives to reach full carbon neutrality include reducing carbon emissions, planting trees in and around coffee farms where Nespresso sources its coffee (insetting), and through support and investment in high quality offsetting projects. Offsetting projects will include forest conservation and restoration, as well as the implementation of clean energy solutions within farming communities.
George Clooney, actor, Nespresso Global Brand Ambassador and member of the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board, said:
“Climate change is happening now, which means that we must all take responsibility and action, quickly. It’s clear that Nespresso understands this urgency and is putting our planet and people front and center of the choices it makes. These ambitions and vision build on a commitment to sustainability that I have been privileged to have been involved in over the last seven years. I’ve seen how far we’ve come in that time, and I’m excited to see the good that Nespresso can deliver in the next 10 years.”
Tristan Lecomte, Founder, Pur Projet, member of the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board, said:
“The pressure is on for all businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and Nespresso is clearly showing a strong will to tackle its own carbon emissions via this ambitious and qualitative carbon neutral program. While we all search for the technical innovations that will reduce carbon, it is urgent that businesses invest as well in the sequestration of their emissions to balance their books as quickly as possible. We’ve been proud to support Nespresso in doing this, planting millions of trees across the globe within coffee regions in Colombia, Guatemala and Ethiopia to take carbon dioxide out of the air since 2014. We will continue working together and triple the capacity of the carbon insetting program and regenerating the ecosystems we all depend upon.”
Nespresso stated that today’s announcement 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.