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Nespresso's accelerated journey to sustainability: a blueprint for net zero by 2035

In a world increasingly challenged by environmental challenges, Nespresso emerges as a leader in environmental stewardship and innovation. Committed to a vision of sustainability, the company is on a determined path to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2035. This ambitious goal underscores Nespresso's dedication to mitigating the adverse effects of rising carbon emissions, particularly within the realm of coffee production, and to pioneer a future where economic growth aligns seamlessly with environmental care.

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Faced with forecasts that suggest a significant decrease in global areas viable for coffee production by 2050, Nespresso has propelled into proactive measures. Initiating its sustainability journey in 2009, it adopted science-based targets aimed at reducing emissions and curbing global temperature rise within safe limits. This effort is part of the wider Nestlé group's commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, highlighting a dedication to transcending corporate interests for a sustainable future.

Nespresso's strategy to reduce and remove emissions is ambitious, seeking to halve carbon emissions by 2030 from a 2018 baseline and to achieve net-zero emissions in AAA green coffee production by 2030. This plan includes significant carbon removal efforts, such as planting six million trees in AAA landscapes from 2014 to 2021, showcasing Nespresso's belief in natural solutions that offer dual benefits for both people and the planet.

Acknowledging that 99% of its carbon emissions come from Scope 3, Nespresso focuses on a green coffee supply chain, where the most significant impact and reduction opportunities lie. By fostering 20 years of direct farmer relationships through the AAA Program, Nespresso is leading the transition to regenerative agriculture to improve farmer prosperity and resilience, setting an industry benchmark for lower emissions in green coffee.

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Nespresso identifies three key levers for decarbonisation: expanding regenerative agriculture, scaling agroforestry, and innovating carbon capture within the AAA supply chain. Aiming to source 95% Regenerative Coffee by 2030, Nespresso's efforts include planting four million trees annually and embracing practices that enhance soil CO2 storage, pushing towards the net-zero target in green coffee production by 2030.

Efforts to reduce emissions from Nespresso products and systems have led to a 24% reduction in the carbon footprint per cup since 2009. The company is increasing the use of recycled materials, promoting machine refurbishment, and optimising production to recover and reuse heat and water. Moreover, exploring lower-carbon fuel options and achieving zero waste to landfill in production centres underline Nespresso's holistic approach to sustainability.

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In partnership with the Rainforest Alliance, Nespresso is advancing regenerative agriculture within the coffee sector. This collaboration aims to drive positive change across the coffee sector, emphasising soil management, biodiversity, and ecosystem services to conserve nature and enhance farmer resilience. The joint development of a Regenerative Coffee Scorecard underscores its commitment to defining and deploying regenerative practices at scale.

Nespresso's path towards sustainability showcases a thorough and forward-thinking strategy to mitigate urgent environmental challenges. With a focus on innovative practices, collaborative partnerships, and a drive for systemic change, Nespresso is not only working to secure a green supply chain but also to establish benchmarks for the industry.

Attaining net-zero emissions offers profound advantages for both the planet and society. By embracing nature-based strategies, shifting towards sustainable practices, and cutting down on carbon emissions, we can mitigate the adverse impacts associated with environmental challenges and create a greener tomorrow. T Moreover, reducing our carbon footprint opens up economic possibilities, fostering new industries and job creation across diverse sectors. 

Furthermore, incorporating nature-based solutions can lead to enhanced public health and promote environmental equity and restoration. As experts in nature-based initiatives, such as reforestation, habitat restoration, and community-based agroforestry, DGB Group is equipped to support you in meeting your sustainability objectives. Our knowledge and experience are at your disposal to guide your enterprise towards minimising its carbon footprint and making a positive impact.

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