II. Collaborating on ecological progress
At the heart of the Ecolaboration™ program are the strong relationships with our committed and passionate partners. Each and every one of our partners plays an essential role in meeting our shared vision.
Nespresso has supported the recent launch of a Climate Friendly farming module in Guatemala. This education program was developed by our partners including the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), a local university, our sourcing partner EFICO and many others. The module includes voluntary guidelines to help farmers go above and beyond the SAN standards to further mitigate their own greenhouse gas emissions and better prepare for the new challenges that climate change is already bringing to coffee growing regions. The guidelines will be integrated into our own AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program in 2011.
Because of the efforts of our sourcing partner EFICO, once our coffees have arrived from the country of origin, they are warehoused in sustainable facilities. Today, most of our coffee comes through the Seabridge warehouse in Zeebrugge, Belgium. This warehouse, built by EFICO, not only provides Nespresso with the best in coffee storage but is also at the cutting edge of sustainability. The facilities are equipped with a highly efficient system to cool and warm, ventilate and sterilize the internal environment and onsite green energy production is provided by 4,600 solar photovoltaic cells. In November 2009, Seabridge received a Green Building certificate from the European Commission.
We are also working with our partners to improve the environmental footprint of aluminium production. Going beyond our commitment to increase our capacity to collect used capsules for recycling, we are also committed to finding more sustainable ways to source the aluminium used in our capsules. That’s why with the support of IUCN and other partners like Rio Tinto Alcan, we are working to promote a more sustainable aluminium industry.
We have considerable experience in working with the mining sector and we can use our knowledge to support Nespresso in demonstrating their leadership in sustainability. Nespresso is aware that Club Members are increasingly concerned by sustainability issues and is therefore looking to IUCN and our diverse membership to provide guidance on recycling and traceability of their aluminium capsules, as well as advice on measuring biodiversity impacts of their coffee farms.
The main objectives of our five-year partnership are to create a differentiated aluminium product that is sustainable throughout the value chain; to measure and strengthen the ecological outcomes of Nespresso’s Ecolaboration commitments and to explore new business models that will reduce Nespresso’s biodiversity footprint.
Giulia Carbone, Deputy Head, Business and Biodiversity Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature
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