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. This is the decisive decade – a decade where global warming must be kept below 1.5C. 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 IPCC report calls for actions with a greater sense of urgency, a transition away from fossil fuels, and interventions that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with one global objective in mind: reaching global net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.
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 agriculture is 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%.
These agricultural activities account for over 30% of Nespresso’s global emissions* and remain central to our focus.
Planting trees in these regions enables farmers to adapt to better cope with the adverse effects of climate change, while leveraging the ability of trees to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. This approach not only compensates for our residual emissions 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.
This approach is called insetting and has been part of our climate journey since 2014. It has supplemented our reduction efforts to enable Nespresso to become carbon neutral across its business operations i.e. factories, offices and boutiques. This achievement was verified against the Insetting Performance Standard.
Learn more about these climate achievements in the CSV Report: 2019 Status and 2020 Outlook
CARBON NEUTRALITY 2022: OUR ANSWER TO URGENCY
The world calls for urgent action. It is time to be bolder and more ambitious, and to involve consumers in this journey through their coffee experiences. This is why we are scaling and accelerating our carbon neutrality efforts across the full scope of GHG emissions from farm to end-of-life. In short, reducing further and compensating for the full scope of residual emissions to reach a carbon neutral balance.
Specifically, this will mean enhancing the eco-design of our products and the further procurement of renewable energy and low carbon materials. It will mean initiating an offsetting approach, with new investments in our coffee sourcing regions to cover large forest conservation initiatives, as well as clean energy initiatives for farming communities.
Ultimately, this means every Nespresso consumer will be able to enjoy a carbon neutral cup of their favourite coffee – reassured that every cup is also providing positive impacts to farmers, their communities and the surrounding landscapes.
TARGETING NET ZERO
Carbon neutrality is an ambitious milestone for the 2 years to come but it is not the end game. It will be the beginning of an even bolder journey: one that prevents GHG emissions at the source of our activities and therefore curbs the evolution of our global footprint. And one that will further scale our insetting approach: planting trees directly in our coffee sourcing regions to remove carbon from the atmosphere, as well as providing numerous other benefits.