Coffee industry launches new GHG calculating methodology

Global coffee companies Lavazza, Nestle and illycaffe are amongst a group of organisations to launch a new methodology to calculate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from green coffee production.

The new Green Coffee Carbon Footprint Product Category Rule (CFP-PCR) will drive consistency in the application of GHG emissions calculations by reducing differences between individual studies and products, and “harmonising methodological approaches”.

Initiated by the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform’s Coffee Working Group, the CFP-PCR will support the identification and adoption of mitigation strategies.

The SAI claims it should also encourage behaviour change within the supply chain by providing the necessary detail to empower informed decision-making, and reward positive practice.

Illycaffé green coffee manager and chair of the SAI Platform’s Coffee Working Group, Giacomo Celi, said: “The guidelines for measuring the GHG emissions for green coffee are a great achievement for the coffee sector and as such ought to be adopted by everybody.

“These guidelines are the result of a global and transparent collaboration among numerous stakeholders of the coffee value chain,” added Celi.

The Project Steering Group involved in the development of this CFP- PCR are illycaffé, Nestle, Tchibo, Mondelez, D.E MASTER BLENDERS 1753 and Lavazza.

The coffee companies have been supported by the relevant sector standard-setting bodies, 4C, Fairtrade International, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified.

Leigh Stringer

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