Turning Coffee into Energy
Nearly all the spent coffee grounds from our coffee factory in Gympie, Queensland is used as an energy source to run the factory.
The factory produces a range of coffee products including the iconic NESCAFÉ.
While we have used spent coffee grounds as an energy source for the past 17 years, not all could be incinerated and around 10 per cent went to compositing.
A biomass boiler has enabled us to increase the amount of energy we can extract. As a result approximately 70 per cent of the energy used at the factory is now from a renewable source.
Since the installation of the boiler in 2009, CO2 emissions have reduced 31 per cent, butane gas costs have dropped 30 per cent, and the amount of coffee grounds disposed to compositing has fallen 80 per cent.
In 2013, the factory generated 275,615GJ of renewable energy from spent coffee grounds and sawdust.
Nestle is also working to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions across our supply chain.