Nescafé Dolce Gusto machines continue to reduce environmental impact

May 12, 2011
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As part of Nestlé’s long-term commitment to environmental sustainability, the Company has continued to reduce the environmental impact of its Nescafé Dolce Gusto home beverage machines since the first models were introduced in 2006.

The second generation machines – which can make 16 different types of coffee and a variety of other hot and cold drinks – create 32% fewer CO2 emissions, use 41% fewer fossil fuels, and use 25% less water from manufacture to the point of use than the original models.

The savings were achieved with the introduction of an eco-mode function which allows machines to switch to automatic standby after 20 minutes when idle, and a lighter-weight water heating block made from 23% less aluminium.

Nestlé developed the innovations in response to independent analyses it commissioned on the Nescafé Dolce Gusto system’s environmental impact.

Known as Life Cycle Assessments, the peer-reviewed, expert studies examine a product’s impact across the value chain, from ingredient sourcing to processing and manufacturing, consumer use of the product and its packaging.

Axel Touzet, Head of Nescafé Dolce Gusto, explained how Nestlé has applied this approach to the Nescafé Dolce Gusto system.

Nescafé Dolce Gusto NESCAFÉ DOLCE GUSTO: The second generation machines create 32% fewer CO2 emissions, use 41% fewer fossil fuels, and use 25% less water from manufacture to the point of use than the original models.

He said: “Nestlé is the leader in using Life Cycle Assessments to inform its long-term product development strategy.

“From the beginning, Nescafé Dolce Gusto machines were designed to prevent wastage, using the exact quantity of coffee, water and energy required to brew a single cup of coffee.

“We know that consumers’ main concern about the sustainability of the system relates to the disposal of used capsules, however studies have shown that this actually makes the smallest contribution to its overall environmental impact.”

He added: “While we are working on ways to reduce capsules’ impact – such as lowering their weight or using alternative materials – we are also making considerable advances in other areas, such as the machines’ energy consumption.

“It is our focus to ensure that every new machine achieves a best-in-class energy efficiency status.”

All new Nescafé Dolce Gusto machines rank A-class for energy efficiency in Switzerland; the only country in Europe to operate an energy consumption labelling scheme for household coffee machines.

Nestlé has now further developed the eco-mode function to switch to standby after only five minutes, a feature which will be available on all new Nescafé Dolce Gusto machines by the end of 2011.

Life Cycle Assessments

The first and second generation Nescafé Dolce Gusto machines were compared using the results of two Life Cycle Assessments, conducted on the Melody 1 model in 2006, and on Melody 2 in 2009.

Focusing on climate change, non-renewable energy, and water, they calculated the amount of green house gas emissions created, the amount of fossil fuel energy extracted and used, and the amount of water used from coffee bean production to capsule disposal.

The results of the Melody 2 assessment, published in 2010, showed that 33% of the system’s carbon footprint came from growing the coffee beans and processing them; 12% from manufacturing the capsules; 12% from creating the packaging; 8% from producing the machines; 8% from transportation and distribution; 21% from machine use, and 6% from capsule disposal.

Mr Touzet further outlined how Life Cycle Assessments help Nestlé to minimise its products’ environmental impact.

He said: “We commission Life Cycle Assessments to enable us to identify specific areas for improvement.

“For example, recent assessments have shown that coffee bean production makes a significant contribution to the overall impact of the Nescafé Dolce Gusto system, which is something we are working to address through the Nescafé Plan.

The Nescafé Plan

Launched last year in Mexico, the Nescafé Plan is a ten-year, CHF 350 million initiative that brings together Nestlé’s commitments on coffee farming, production and consumption.

With support from the international non-government organisation the Rainforest Alliance, partners of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), and the coffee growers association 4C, it will ensure that all green coffee directly purchased by Nestlé will conform to internationally recognised 4C sustainability principles by 2015.

In addition, Nestlé will source 90,000 tonnes of Nescafé coffee in line with the principles of the Rainforest Alliance and the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) by 2020.

Nescafé Dolce Gusto

The Nescafé Dolce Gusto machine system is available in five different ranges: Melody 2, Circolo, Piccolo, Fontana and Creativa.

First launched in Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom in 2006, it is now available in 39 countries around the world.

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