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BECAUSE EVERY CUP COUNTS.

ENJOYING COFFEE SUSTAINABLY



For Nespresso, sustainability and the enjoyment of coffee are inextricably linked. This is why Nespresso is committed to continuously making coffee production more resource-friendly, as part of a holistic sustainability programme. Starting in 2003 with its specifically created Nespresso AAA Sustainable QualityTM Program, Nespresso has worked toward making coffee production as sustainable as possible – from reducing its impact on the environment to improving the livelihood of coffee farmers.

However, Nespresso is not satisfied with this and has committed itself to achieving Net Zero, i.e. reducing the climate impact based on clear, scientific goals and without compensation outside its own value chain.

* More information on the reduction of carbon emissions can be found at www.sustainability.nespresso.com/our-progress

NESPRESSO IS PROUD TO BE A B CORP

As a certified B Corp, Nespresso meets rigorous social and environmental standards. For us and 4,500 other B Corps, it’s more than a label. It’s a movement and community of like-minded businesses looking to balance purpose and profit. This certification reflects 30 years of Nespresso commitments to sustainability and will inspire us as we continue this journey together.
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CONTINUING TO CARE
For over 30 years, this has guided us in creating shared value for all. There’s a long way to go, but the course has been set. As a B Corp, we are more committed than ever to climate, circularity, and communities.
SUSTAINABILITY & COFFEE

RECYCLING

For more than 30 years we have embarked on a journey towards a more circular model, designed to use less and keep materials in use for longer. At the heart of our commitment to B Corp values, this ambition continues to grow. Aluminium is a material that can be recycled almost infinitely. With the ambitious goal of returning every used Nespresso capsule into the recyclable materials cycle, Nespresso established its own recycling system in Austria back in 2009. As a result, each capsule is part of a perfectly designed system that makes returning used capsules as simple as possible.
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The capsules gathered at the Nespresso collection points are subsequently recycled at the Höpperger family business in Tyrol. The recovered aluminium can then be used for new products, such as bicycles or pens. The coffee grounds are processed into biogas, thus providing renewable energy.
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Calculation based on a study conducted by the Environmental Agency (2017).
RECYCLING-TRACKER
kg
CO2 EQUIVALENT
Emissions saved
by recycling Nespresso capsules* in our system since beginning of 2020.
Support us by recycling your Nespresso capsules to save even more.
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* 1 filled Nespresso Recycling Bag = Savings of 175 g CO2‑emissions

** The indicated consumption of values do not correspond to real electricity quantities. They show exemplarily the substitution effects, which result from the savings of CO2‑emissions. The savings are a positive effect of the recycling and conversion of coffee ground resulting into biogas.

COFFEE­ PREPARATION

Nespresso makes it possible to enjoy coffee sustainably, since the Nespresso system uses valuable resources sparingly.

Each Nespresso capsule contains exactly the amount of coffee needed for one cup. When prepared with other systems, such as filter machines, consumers often use more ground coffee than is needed for a cup, or they make more coffee than they drink. The amount of coffee consumed is relevant because the greatest environmental impact of a cup of coffee – regardless of how it is prepared – occurs during the green coffee supply stage, from cultivating the green beans to transporting the coffee to the production centres.

In modern Nespresso machines, the consumption of energy (through automatic shut-off) and water is also optimised. The portioned system thus helps reduce the environmental impact of a cup of coffee.

Als zertifizierte B Corp setzen wir uns unermüdlich dafür ein, unsere Auswirkungen auf das Klima zu minimieren - von Schutz sensibler Ökosysteme bis hin zur Optiminierung des Transport unserer Produkte.
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THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF A CUP OF COFFEE


A look at the entire product lifecycle helps to better understand – and further reduce – the carbon footprint of a cup of coffee.

That’s because the main drivers aren’t always where you expect them. Most of the carbon emitted by a cup of Nespresso coffee is generated during the preparation of the green coffee.

THE CAPSULE AS AN AROMA VAULT

Capsules made of aluminium optimally protect the coffee from light, oxygen and moisture. If roasted coffee is not stored properly, its aromatic notes begin to dissipate within just a few days. As an aroma vault, each Nespresso capsule preserves the taste and shelf life of the fresh coffee.
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HUMIDITY
Nespresso increasingly uses recycled aluminium for the production of its capsules. Our goal is that by the end of 2022, all ORIGINAL and VERTUO capsules will be produced with at least 80% recycled aluminium. Thus, Nespresso treats resources carefully, because processing recycled aluminium requires 95% less energy than the production of new aluminium. Aluminium material can be recycled almost infinitely – which means that 75% of the aluminium produced worldwide is still in use. To keep the aluminium from the used capsules in the recycling loop as long as possible, Nespresso established its own recycling system more than eleven years ago.
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MORE ECO-FRIENDLY TRANSPORT

When it comes to transport and distribution, Nespresso is increasingly relying on environmentally friendly solutions. The coffee is transported by rail from the port to the production centres and then to Austria, delivered to the boutiques in Vienna and surrounding areas by electric truck, and orders are shipped carbon-neutrally by the Austrian postal service. The goal is to keep the coffee’s environmental footprint as small as possible on the way to the customers.
Sustainability is also a high priority at the Nespresso boutiques. They get 100% of their electricity from renewable energy sources and the lighting is almost exclusively LED.
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COFFEE CULTIVATION AND PRODUCTION

Nespresso's high standards not only ensure the highest quality coffee. In line with B Corp values, our aim is to foster conditions to improve yields, quality of harvests, and help protect the environment while promoting sustainable livelihoods.

As early as 2003, in cooperation with the NGO The Rainforest Alliance, Nespresso launched the Nespresso AAA Sustainable QualityTM Program. As part of this programme, Nespresso works with over 120,000 coffee farmers in 15 countries to improve local farming practices and farmer livelihoods.

For this purpose, Nespresso builds direct, long-term relationships with the farmers, supports them in introducing and implementing practices for sustainable coffee cultivation and purchases coffee from the same farmers year after year – at a price that is 30 to 40% above the market price on average.

To strengthen coffee farmers and their communities, Nespresso invests extensively in local infrastructures, for example in facilities that make coffee processin more efficient, enable a higher quality of coffee and thereby ensure a higher income for the local population. To safeguard the future of farmers, Nespresso is working with partners to develop and finance retirement savings plans for them.
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Nespresso also advocates for gender equality – because although women play a significant role in the coffee production, they continue to have less access to necessary resources such as land, credit and information. Together with its partner TechnoServe, Nespresso offers local women training in agricultural and farm management, for example, and supports them in taking on leadership roles in coffee cooperatives. This is how Nespresso is advancing sustainable development in coffee-growing regions.
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To ensure that ecosystems are preserved for the long term, Nespresso focuses on regenerative agriculture. Sophisticated agroforestry systems enable the cultivation of other crops, such as fruit and shade trees. The synergy of diverse plants improves the microclimate and helps protect the soil from erosion. As a result, the cultivated areas yield more crops than in monocultures. In addition, farmers can use secondary products such as fruit and wood for their own consumption or generate additional income by selling them.
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