Assessing the carbon footprint of coffee production in Indonesia

Nestlé, JDE Peet's, and the USAID Green Invest Asia project have recently launched a joint carbon footprint initiative for two important global Robusta origins in Vietnam and Indonesia. This is part of an unprecedented partnership between the two biggest coffee buyers in the world and ten of their supply chain partners. The carbon assessment is being led by Enveritas, a non-profit specialising in verification services for the coffee sector, and supported by Akvo.

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South Sumatra, Indonesia




Data collection

The challenge

Attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coffee production have been thwarted by a lack of comparable data, inconsistent carbon accounting procedures, and opaque traceability. To reduce the carbon footprint of the coffee value chain, it is essential to have accurate baseline data on carbon emissions.

The solution

Akvo is supporting Enveritas, a non-profit organisation focused on data-driven sustainability and verification services for the coffee industry, to conduct the carbon assessment in southern Sumatra of Indonesia. Akvo trained field data collectors in South Sumatra and led the field-work to collect data from 134 farmers.

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The impact

The results of the joint carbon assessment will be posted on USAID Green Invest Asia and disseminated through the Sustainable Coffee Dialogues that USAID Green Invest Asia will co-host with Global Coffee Platform. The participating businesses are expected to use the information in their various worldwide and Southeast Asian supply networks in order to make coffee production more sustainable.