By 2020 Nespresso commits to

reduce its carbon footprint by 10%

our plan

Between 2009 and 2013 we reduced the carbon footprint of each cup of Nespresso coffee by 20.7%. One of the measures included improving the energy efficiency of our machines.

Since 2009, all Nespresso consumer machine ranges have been equipped with an automatic power-off function or an automatic stand-by mode. At farm level we piloted the Rainforest Alliance climate module.

The effects of climate change and the degradation of natural ecosystems are threatening coffee farms and the long-term cultivation, harvest and supply of high quality coffees. Nespresso is therefore committed to improving its environmental performance by reducing our overall carbon footprint by 10% until 2020.

In order to achieve this, we are striving for 100% carbon efficient operations. Moreover, we plan to increase the resilience of coffee farms against the effects of climate change and strengthen the natural balance of their ecosystems.

We have initiated an agroforestry program together with Pur Projet & Rainforest Alliance, in addition to our AAA Sustainable Quality Program in 2014. To tackle the negative effects of climate change and increase coffee farm productivity we plant different trees in coffee growing regions.

By the end of 2015, 630,000 trees had been planted. To understand our environmental performance we use a life cycle assessment performed by Quantis, one of the leading independent environmental consultancies. Based on this assessment we develop strategies to further reduce our carbon footprint.

Quick facts

  • Aluminium can be recycled infinitely. 95% less energy is required than in the production of primary aluminium
  • Packaging only comes third the highest volumes of greenhouse gases are produced during: 55% coffee cultivation / 30% preparation
  • Portioned coffee systems can minimize waste by using only the exact amount of coffee, water and energy
  • Sustainable transport all the way 100% of Nespresso green coffee is delivered to our production centers by rail
  • Our agroforestry program strengthens coffee farms’ climate resilience. 63,000 trees planted in Colombia, Guatemala and Ethiopia to date

When looking at the environmental impact of a cup of coffee the entire coffee value chain must be taken into consideration. According to a study by the Öko-Institut Freiburg the highest volumes of greenhouse gases are produced during coffee cultivation (55%) and preparation (30%). Packaging only comes third.

Portioned coffee may have a smaller environmental impact than other brewing methods, since systems for portioned coffees use only the exact amount of coffee, water and energy that is required to prepare a perfect cup of coffee, minimizing food waste and reducing the carbon footprint.

any questions?

Are Nespresso machines energy efficient?

How does Nespresso measure it sustainability impact?

Is the environmental performance of portioned coffee per se worse than alternatively packaged coffee?

By 2020 Nespresso commits to

reduce its carbon footprint by 10%

our plan

Between 2009 and 2013 we reduced the carbon footprint of each cup of Nespresso coffee by 20.7%. One of the measures included improving the energy efficiency of our machines.

Since 2009, all Nespresso consumer machine ranges have been equipped with an automatic power-off function or an automatic stand-by mode. At farm level we piloted the Rainforest Alliance climate module.

The effects of climate change and the degradation of natural ecosystems are threatening coffee farms and the long-term cultivation, harvest and supply of high quality coffees. Nespresso is therefore committed to improving its environmental performance by reducing our overall carbon footprint by 10% until 2020.

In order to achieve this, we are striving for 100% carbon efficient operations. Moreover, we plan to increase the resilience of coffee farms against the effects of climate change and strengthen the natural balance of their ecosystems.

We have initiated an agroforestry program together with Pur Projet & Rainforest Alliance, in addition to our AAA Sustainable Quality Program in 2014. To tackle the negative effects of climate change and increase coffee farm productivity we plant different trees in coffee growing regions.

By the end of 2015, 630,000 trees had been planted. To understand our environmental performance we use a life cycle assessment performed by Quantis, one of the leading independent environmental consultancies. Based on this assessment we develop strategies to further reduce our carbon footprint.

Quick facts

  • Aluminium can be recycled infinitely. 95% less energy is required than in the production of primary aluminium
  • Packaging only comes third the highest volumes of greenhouse gases are produced during: 55% coffee cultivation / 30% preparation
  • Portioned coffee systems can minimize waste by using only the exact amount of coffee, water and energy
  • Sustainable transport all the way 100% of Nespresso green coffee is delivered to our production centers by rail
  • Our agroforestry program strengthens coffee farms’ climate resilience. 63,000 trees planted in Colombia, Guatemala and Ethiopia to date

When looking at the environmental impact of a cup of coffee the entire coffee value chain must be taken into consideration. According to a study by the Öko-Institut Freiburg the highest volumes of greenhouse gases are produced during coffee cultivation (55%) and preparation (30%). Packaging only comes third.

Portioned coffee may have a smaller environmental impact than other brewing methods, since systems for portioned coffees use only the exact amount of coffee, water and energy that is required to prepare a perfect cup of coffee, minimizing food waste and reducing the carbon footprint.

any questions?

Are Nespresso machines energy efficient?

How does Nespresso measure it sustainability impact?

Is the environmental performance of portioned coffee per se worse than alternatively packaged coffee?