Combined solutions using road and rail transport
have enabled Nespresso to reduce carbon emissions
and improve environmental performance.
Reducing emissions by optimising distribution
Reducing carbon emissions is one of our central commitments, as defined by the Nespresso sustainability strategy, The Positive Cup, that we launched in 2014. Although life cycle assessment studies conducted by Quantis, leading experts in environmental life cycle assessment, show that the distribution of Nespresso products accounts for only 4% of the carbon footprint of a cup of Nespresso, we are committed to improving our environmental performance throughout all aspects of our business.
An example of such progress can be seen in the continuous optimisation of our logistics network. By finding the best combination of rail, road and sea transport to move our products between our production centres and our regional distribution warehouses, we are reducing our environmental impact across Europe, where most of our business is located.
Combined transport as a sustainable alternative
The traditional means of transporting goods throughout Europe has been by road, as the most direct and reliable means of cargo transport. However, Nespresso has looked for ways to implement less polluting modes of transport, such as rail and short-distance maritime shipping between European seaports. Finding the right combination is a complex task requiring careful logistical planning and the close cooperation of numerous partners across countries. There is no single solution; each route must be tailored to the local context.
“Although combined transport is often more expensive than road-only transport, the long-term benefits of sustainable transport are what count,” explains Daniele Jungling, Director of Operations at Nestlé Nespresso SA.
“Although combined transport is often more expensive than road-only transport, the long-term benefits of sustainable transport are what count,”
Director of Operations,
Nestlé Nespresso SA
Harnessing Europe’s railway network
By working together with our partners, Nespresso has implemented a number of transport solutions that reduce our carbon footprint by harnessing the network of Europe’s vast railway system.
Combined solutions using road and rail transport have been established for deliveries from the Nespresso Production and Distribution Centre in Avenches to Nespresso warehouses in England, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway. One of our central partners in this endeavour is the logistics company SAFRAM. Products leave the Avenches facility by truck for Basel. From there, cargo trains transport them to railway stations closest to the point of destination. Trucks manage the final kilometres to the regional Nespresso warehouses. For deliveries to Greece, part of the route is covered by ship.
“By going from road-only to combined transport, we estimate that we have cut the transportation annual carbon emissions in these markets by 35-40%,” says Pierre-Alain Michaud, Head of Supply Chain. “Alone for deliveries to the Netherlands, for example, we are reducing CO2 emissions by some 120 tonnes, the equivalent of 170 trucks, per year.”
A 100% railway solution has been used for transport between the Nespresso Production and Distribution centre in Avenches, Switzerland and the Nespresso distribution warehouse in Austria for some time now. In 2012, Nespresso also moved from combined transportation to 100% rail for deliveries to Sweden and Denmark, in cooperation with the logistics company TTS Transport & Terminal Service AG. “This reduces our carbon emissions along this route by about 80 tonnes, or 50 trucks, per year,” says Pierre-Alain Michaud.
Transport between Avenches and the Nespresso production centre in Orbe, Switzerland has occurred via a rail shuttle since the opening of the Avenches site in 2009.
100% of green coffee is delivered in Nespresso production
centres by train.
New investments integrate sustainable logistics
Nespresso continues to work on increasing its use of railways for European deliveries, especially as the company expands operations in response to growing consumer demand. A new distribution centre established in Belgium is a further hub for the sustainable transport of Nespresso machines and accessories, optimising delivery distances between manufacturers and consumers. The location of the future Nespresso Production Centre in Romont was also selected for its proximity to the local railway to facilitate logistical integration.