Climate Neutral Coffee
Climate change and increasing global temperatures are huge threats to the long term sustainability of many of the world’s coffee plantations. This is a complex issue and requires proactive action in consuming nations and their businesses to have any positive impact on the producing nations.
As a coffee roaster we are acutely aware that our business contributes to our earth’s rising temperatures across various stages of our supply chain - from coffee farm to coffee roaster to coffee table. This is why in 2016 we became one of the first roasters in New Zealand to offset our carbon. This means that we forecast all of our coffee production one year in advance and offset our carbon emissions with Fairtrade Carbon Credits. These credits currently support a community project in Ethiopia which provides efficient cookstoves to local farmers helping reducing deforestation and improving local health.
How are emissions in the coffee chain measured?
Coffee supply chain emissions are calculated using Fairtrade’s tool that was commissioned by Fairtrade Netherlands for the Fairtrade system. The tool was developed by leading energy consultancy at the time, Ecofys, and is based on methodology that meets the highest international CO2e accounting standards. Fairtrade ANZ has supported Kōkako through this process and the calculations and the compilation of relevant data for the tool.
What does CO2e mean?
CO2 is the gas carbon dioxide. This is a major component of greenhouse gases. When we talk about CO2e we include all four greenhouse gases (carbon, methane, nitrous oxides, and fluorinated gases), which have been converted to their equivalent global warming potential as CO2. So the ‘e’ in fact stands for equivalent.
The tool enables us to calculate the carbon footprint of our Fairtrade Organic certified coffee. A Carbon Footprint represents all greenhouse gas emissions along the life cycle of a product, from the raw ingredients through to production, use and disposal. The tool illustrates the carbon footprint from farm to shelf as outlined in the illustration on the next page. Kōkako has been able to provide a range of data inputs from our own activities, which includes the specific coffee origins we buy from, the gas and electricity used in our production facilities, packaging materials (excluding compostable cups and lids), and the average distance we travel to supply our customers.