• March 2023

  • Renewable energy in our manufacturing facilities

To grow, roast and pack our coffee and tea, a large amount of energy is needed. Yet, to ensure a liveable planet for generations to come, we must reduce emissions. Read on to learn about how we’re optimising our operations to minimise our footprint.


Minimising Footprint

Our vision for sustainably made coffee and tea - reducing emissions in line with climate change science

At JDE Peet’s we’re committed to creating a better future - one where our streets, streams, lakes and oceans are free from pollution, where the energy we use is clean, as is the air we breathe. That means we must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to help combat the climate and ecological crises whilst supporting our suppliers and meeting the demand for our coffee and tea.

We’ve set out to reduce our Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 25% and our Scope 3 emissions by 12.5% by 2030, against a 2020 baseline. These targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative, so our reduction efforts are grounded in climate science.

Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions explained


Our direct emissions resulting from activities under our control, such as on-site fuel combustion and company vehicles.


Indirect emissions from electricity and steam we’ve purchased and used in our operations.


Indirect emissions that occur in our value chain, that sit outside our operations, such as employee commuting and the use of our coffee and tea.


Optimising our manufacturing process

More than 90% of our Scope 1 and 2 emissions occur in our manufacturing facilities. If we’re to meet our target, we need to operate efficiently, drastically reduce our fossil fuel use, and find and implement clean renewable energy solutions across all our facilities. This presents a challenge and an opportunity to optimise our production processes.

Our goal is ambitious, but we are ready for the challenge and excited about the benefits this will create for people, the planet and our business.

The Spent Grounds “biomass” Burner

The process for making instant coffee is similar to making coffee in a cafetiere. Energy goes into heating water and producing steam to extract from the ground coffee the flavours that delight our consumers. The process leaves us with spent coffee grounds, like the grounds you collect in your coffee filter machine at home - but an industrial quantity of them.

So far, for five out of six of our instant coffee factories, we’ve invested in a spent grounds burner and by 2024 we will install one in the final factory in Asia. This should reduce our emissions by a further 20,000 tCO2e. That’s the equivalent energy used to boil water for more than 950 million cups of coffee or tea!

The spent grounds burner also uses waste coffee grounds to generate heat that goes straight back into the process, reducing waste and our use of non-renewable energy. In Joure, the spent grounds burner produces at least 20% of the energy we use on site, contributing to JDE NL reaching their target of zero Scope 2 emissions.

That’s the equivalent energy used to boil water for more than 950 million cups of coffee or tea!

Having set carbon reduction targets with the Science Based Targets initiative, we prioritise energy efficiency projects. We’ve committed to these targets and now we have to deliver them. We’re taking action for humanity - and doing right by the planet is the right thing to do for our business as well.”

Dyfrig Davies, Engineering Manager at the JDE Coffee Manufacturing Factory in Banbury, UK


From Coal to Hazelnuts

In Turkey, where 70% of the world’s hazelnut production is located, we now use hazelnut husks that would otherwise go to waste to generate energy, rather than burning coal. This has reduced emissions by 48% and 8,800 tCO2e across two tea production sites.

Research and development in 2023

We believe, with our ongoing R&D, roadmaps and investment plans, that we can improve the operational efficiency of our factories, deliver Net Zero Factory designs, and benefit our communities.

Reduced emissions by 48% and 8,800 tCO2e across two tea production sites
in Turkey.

We are continuously working on the innovation and implementation of both new and existing manufacturing processes to reduce our emissions, in our factories and for the surrounding areas.”

Laurenz Alpers, Global Energy Engineer