Coffee plantation in Brazil

Climate protection

Conserving resources

Coffee and tea are natural products that grow near the equator. Climate change is making them increasingly difficult to farm. That’s why it is in our interests as a producer to make a contribution to protecting the environment and achieving climate targets. Germany wants to be climate-neutral by 2045. We believe we have a responsibility to cut CO₂-emissions – for example, by reducing our energy requirements.

Coffee and the climate

How we aim to reduce our carbon footprint each year.

To improve our impact on the climate, we avoid and reduce emissions wherever currently possible. During production, for example, we use highly efficient roasting systems that consume around half the energy of a small roasting facility. By optimising machine settings, we reduce wastage rates and the amount of materials we use. We also carry out annual measurements to assess the extent of this reduction.

Measures taken so far and our next steps

Where are most greenhouse gas emissions actually generated during coffee production?

Surprisingly, in the country of origin itself – during cultivation and processing. Not using synthetic fertilisers and pesticides has a twofold effect on the climate. On the one hand, manufacturing these products is incredibly energy-intensive and has a negative impact on the climate. On the other hand, the action of spreading these fertilisers and pesticides releases large amounts of nitrous oxide, which is 300 times more harmful to the climate than CO₂.*
Even transporting large quantities of coffee by ship has a lower overall impact. At home, on the other hand, the way your coffee is prepared makes a big difference. Are you preparing it in a fully automatic machine that’s permanently in standby mode, or brewing it in a French press? Is green electricity being used or not?
* Source: Umweltbundesamt (German Federal Environment Agency)

What is the carbon footprint of a Dallmayr coffee, 1,000 g whole beans?

We have drawn up a Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) for individual Dallmayr coffees.** The typical share of emissions is broken down in the graphic below.

Share of CO₂ emissions for a Dallmayr coffee, 1,000 g, whole beans:

  • 89% green coffee
  • 4% inbound logistics
  • 4% company emissions
  • 2% packaging
  • 1% outbound logistics

** In accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP) and “cradle to customer” assessment standard.