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We have a forest COMPENSATING CO2

Published 22.07.2020 | Topic: Kahvi, Ajankohtaista, News, Coffee, Sustainability, Eettisyys

Each business and people on this planet causes CO2 emissions. And what CO2 does, it speeds up the climate change. Planting new trees is most likely the cheapest and most effective way to fight the climate change. Every planted tree captures CO2 that is already released to the atmosphere. We went and calculated our 2019 emissions and double compensated it to start with.

Each tree and plant is absorbing CO2, store the the C (carbon) and eject O2 (Oxygen). Reforestratration is a very efficient and affordable solution to battle CO2. It's about 100 times cheaper than the next best solution. (Source: https://tree-nation.com/)

A coffee roastery is not an exception. Electricity, logistics, roasting, packaging and all necessities generate CO2 emissions. We have paid attention to these factors at Warrior Coffee, but we can still do better.

Forest

 

Evaluate, compensate, reduce


We evaluated our role as a CO2 producer and calculated our 2019 emissions. We went on and made a 200% compensation to our known CO2 emissions. We chose to plant trees in the most important areas of the world.

The best part is that you as our valued customer fight back the climate change with every buy from us. We won't settle on 100% CO2 neutrality, we already doubled our tree planting. We reached 200% and now we invite you to plant more trees in Warrior Coffee's forest: https://tree-nation.com/profile/warrior-coffee 

Side note: we are aiming to minimize our initial CO2 footprint, instead of compensating it with tree planting.

CO2

 

Why reforestation is so important?


Approximately 17% of climate change due to loss of trees i.e. deforestation causes this. As we loose trees every year, we need to plant new ones to maintain the balance. Eventually, we should be able to reduce the CO2 emissions! The impact of deforestation on global greenhouse emissions is greater than the whole transportation sector all together. That’s why reforestation is a great way to fight climate change, read more on https://tree-nation.com/



Warrior Coffee 2019-2020 CO2 emissions


From 2.2.2019 - 1.2.2020 our CO2 emissions were approximately 12 tonnes.

This is what we can calculate directly:

  • Electricity in our premises & production (office, warehouse, roasters) – 850 kg
  • Travel - local and international (flights, gasoline, hotel nights) – 2000 kg
  • Material / waste: carton boxes we use and recycle, other waste we recycle at our premises – 540 kg
  • Coffee roasting and packaging (gas, electricity, packaging) – 8054 kg

 

That's totalling 11444 kg CO2 emissions on 2.2.2019 - 1.2.2020, or approximately 12 tonnes.

We have now planted new trees that reduce CO2 emissions by 24 tonnes! This is not enough, but it's a start.

Warrior Coffee forest certificate

As we buy a lot of organic coffees from Peru, we felt it's good that we can also plant our first trees in there. We chose a plant called Inga Edulis (Guaba, Pacae, Ice cream bean), which is described as:

Inga edulis is a wonder tree. It restores compacted and degraded soils with abundant nitrogen-rich organic matter. And, its fruit is edible and loved by children.

Each plant has a 200 kg lifetime CO2 offset, take that greenhouse gas!

Warrior Coffee forest

Visit our forest here and plant a tree to some of the most important forest areas in the world: https://tree-nation.com/profile/warrior-coffee 

 

Calculating coffee roastery's CO2 emissions

Calculating CO2 emissions for a business is quite complex matter. We chose those emissions we can directly affect and calculate, based on calculators and our own estimates.

Calculating coffee's CO2 emissions is very complex as the whole coffee value chain consists of many steps. We used this study as a basis how to calculate our CO2 emissions in coffee roasting and packaging.

The key factors are:

We used section 4.2 and table 4 “Carbon footprint of the process in Europe” from this study to define that our direct CO2 emissions come from roasting and packaging. Roasting process consumes gas and electricity. Packaging is it's own part in the equation.

We also calculated 50% of the grinding & purchasing emissions as we sell about 50% of our coffee as ground coffee. This totals approximately 15% total costs from the 3.05 kg CO2/kg green coffee = 0.46 kg CO2/kg green coffee in our case.

We multiplied this 0.46 kg with our rolling back 12 month green coffee roasted consumption (17509 kg). We got the number 8054 kg of CO2 emissions from our roasting and packing operations.

 

What has been compensated elsewhere


Just to be clear, no model is 100% accurate and neither is ours. We use measures we can affect and calculate with reasonable efforts.

  • Our own logistics and sending: We use mainly Posti for sending and all Posti deliveries are CO2 compensated and CO2 neutral (Posti Green)
  • Logistics to us: we import mainly from Europe, our partners in the chain take their own measures each for their CO2 compensation.
  • Heating: heating is provided to all tenants and is included in our rent at the office and roastery
  • Our Café: the electricity, heating and waste management is covered by the building owner – there's a bio waste, carton and general waste management in process and almost zero food waste

Majority of coffee CO2 emissions come from consumption

This might surprise you. Majority of coffee's CO2 print comes from the consumption part. That's right. It's you and me making the coffee at home or ordering it in a café.

The least CO2 print is created when ensuring your coffee is sustainably produced and uses the minimum possible energy to brew it.

Boiling water takes energy and that creates CO2 emissions (yes, also when boiled in a kettle on bonfire).

If you add cow's milk to your coffee, the numbers go significantly up (less, if you use e.g. oat milk). The numbers rise to all new heights when you order the coffee at your favourite café, causing the biggest CO2 print in coffee.

Nature

We hope this has been useful and educational to you!

Remember to grow some new forest together with us, plant a tree here: https://tree-nation.com/profile/warrior-coffee 

Thank you!

 


Published 22.07.2020
Topic: Kahvi, Ajankohtaista, News, Coffee, Sustainability, Eettisyys