Coffee Sustainability and Deforestation

Terrascope

OLAMS NEW TERRASCOPE HAS POTENTIAL TO IMPROVE FLAWED SCOPE 3 REPORTING

Olam launched Terrascope, a new business with a wonderfully catchy name that Aims to help businesses identify and report their carbon emissions. Underlying the obligatory Scrabble board of buzzwords is the potential for a serious tool. The platform itself is a software as a service. There is no product to install, and it is implemented …

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Towt Shipping

SHIPPING COFFEE WITH SAILBOATS

Shipping is responsible for about 2.5 per cent of global carbon emissions. Add to that the noise pollution that prevents certain marine animals from finding their way around or communicating with potential mates. Sailboats could be a good answer to the problems on several fronts. Bartalks reported that the Piccadilly-based department store Fortnum & Mason …

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Guatemala Coffee Farmer

UNDERSTANDING RESILIENCE IN MANAGING SUSTAINABILITY RISK

Our food and agriculture systems face unprecedented change. COVID has provided us with a rehearsal of the scale of disruption that is possible. In the first of this three-part series on starting or recalibrating a robust sustainability plan, The Committee on Sustainability Assessment, COSA, looks at resilience in agri-food systems.  Sustainability is engaged in many familiar ways: …

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Coffee Plantation

RESEARCH SHOWS BRAZIL’S COFFEE FARMS CAN GO CARBON NEGATIVE

The goal of the partner project between the Brazilian Coffee Exporters Council (Cecafé), the Institute of Forest and Agricultural Management & Certification, and the University of São Paulo, was to measure the average amount of carbon sequestration (the process of capturing carbon to remove it from the atmosphere) on 40 farms in the 3 main …

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STOP HITTING SNOOZE. COFFEE & CLIMATE DELIVER BLEAK WARNING

Dr. Peter Baker, a respected expert on climate change and advisor to Coffee & Climate (C&C), and Stefan Ruge, Progam Manager for Coffee & Climate at Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung, gives a grim description of what to expect in the coffee industry over the next decade. The “frequency and severity of extreme events…is going to …

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Costa Coffee

COSTA COFFEE COMMITS TO NET-ZERO BY 2040

Costa has set itself a target of becoming Net Zero by 2040, which includes the use of 100% renewable gas at its roastery, and improving farming practices. The plan has been approved by the Science-Based Target initiative. 2040 is 10 years earlier than the date set by scientists as the latest to prevent the worst …

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The Shared Wood

AGROFORESTRY STARTUP GETS $500M FOR COCOA & COFFEE

AXA SA, a French Insurance and Financial Services company, based in Paris, and Engie SA, an energy company, is co-investing US$500m over the next six years in The Shared Wood, a French Agro-forestry startup that will produce sustainable Cocoa and Coffee under the Tagline ‘We Protect and Restore Nature’. We protect and Restore Nature The …

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Coffee Farmer

FINISH SCIENTISTS JOIN CLUB TO MAKE LAB-COFFEE TO ADDRESS SUSTAINABILITY CONCERNS

The surging demand for coffee affects the world, and environmentalists and scientists are researching more sustainable methods of coffee production In just the last three decades alone, there was a 60% increase in production due to the rising demand for coffee, according to the International Coffee Organisation. However, the increase in output also means an …

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Sustainability, No Planet B

TWO REASONS TO BE OPTIMISTIC ON INDUSTRY SUSTAINABILITY

It’s unfortunately true that bad news is more popular, but I want to buck the trend and start the new year to discuss two positive drivers of change in the industry. It’s something I’ve been thinking about recently – and interesting that they’re coming from unexpected quarters. Am I being naive? Let me know your …

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Coffee Ground Waste

UK COMPANY USES OILS FROM COFFEE WASTE IN ‘BIOPLASTIC’ PACKAGING

UK based company bio bean’s Product Development and Technology team has taken a step towards scaling up its work, within a project the company is part of, called the Horizon 2020 WaysTUP! In a press release in mid-November, the company announced its participation in the EU funded pilot project. Describing it in cringing management terms, …

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Coffee Grounds

SCIENTISTS USE WASTE COFFEE TO HELP SOLVE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM WITH LITHIUM BATTERIES

Researchers from the University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering Department (DTMM FTUI) have found an innovative way to use coffee grounds as a component inside lithium-ion batteries that might help improve performance and reduce the need for environmentally damaging materials. Lithium-ion batteries are ubiquitous in our modern-day lives, and in particular, form the platform …

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COP26 – CARBON PRICING. STICKING PLASTER OR KEY TO PROGRESS?

Introduction In July 2021, Z/Yen held a webclave for international financial centres to discuss approaches to sustainable finance and delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The group discussed: The scope for local action, recognising the role that financial centres have in bringing together key players, supporting market access, developing standards and regulatory approaches, enabling …

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