Recycling coffee grounds as fuel

Location: Global

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
  • Gender balance & diversity
Mar 31, 2014, updated March 2014

Recycling coffee grounds as fuel
RENEWABLE ENERGY:Spent coffee grounds provide a good source of energy for our factories.

The Cagayan de Oro factory in the Philippines is one of Nestlé’s largest soluble coffee operations. It uses spent coffee grounds as fuel, a good example of how Nestlé puts environmental initiatives into practice.

Programme description

Nestlé’s worldwide operations now include more than 22 factories that are using spent coffee grounds as a supplemental fuel. Spent coffee grounds represent 26.7% of our renewable energy mix, reducing the need for non-renewable fuels by the corresponding amount of oil equivalents.

Value to Society

Value to Nestlé

Next Steps

We continue to develop ways of using spent coffee grounds, wood chips, wind, solar and hydroelectric power as renewable energy sources.

Looking more immediately to 2014, we will continue to target the reduction of GHG emissions from our direct operations, with an emphasis on energy efficiency at our factories, increasing our use of cleaner fuels, and investing in renewable energy sources such as spent coffee grounds, among others.

A slideshow on 4C Coffee production is available in Flickr.