On 17 September 2020, Nespresso committed that every cup of Nespresso coffee, both for at-home and professional customers, will be carbon neutral by 2022. This new ambition builds on more than ten years of work, during which Nespresso has reduced its carbon emissions and compensated the remainder through agroforestry.
“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,” said Guillaume Le Cunff, chief executive officer 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.
According to the press release, Nespresso will achieve carbon neutrality through the initiatives, including reducing carbon emission, planting trees in and around coffee farms where Nespresso sources its coffee (insetting); and through support and investment in high-quality offsetting projects.
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.
“Climate change is happening now, which means that we must all take responsibility and action, quickly,” said George Clooney, actor, Nespresso Global brand ambassador, and member of the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board. “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.”
The 2022 carbon neutrality roadmap has been endorsed by the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board (NSAB) members.