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Nespresso to use responsibly-sourced aluminium in coffee capsules

Nespresso is set to become the first coffee company to use responsibly-sourced aluminium to produce its coffee capsules.

The coffee giant has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (a formal but non-binding agreement) with sustainable aluminium producer Rio Tinto Aluminium to work together with Nespresso’s capsule manufacturers to source 100 per cent sustainable aluminium for Nespresso products by 2020.Nespresso to use responsibly-sourced aluminium in coffee capsules

Aluminium sourced for Nespresso by Rio Tinto will be Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Certified, and would represent a milestone in the Nestlé subsidiary’s bid to reduce the impact of the world’s second most-used base metal, which has a significant environmental footprint. Rio Tinto is the first mining and metals company to be granted certifications by the ASI.

The ASI, a global, multi-stakeholder, non-profit standards setting and certification organisation with more than 70 members – including Nespresso and Rio Tinto as founding members – sets out standards to promote the protection of biodiversity, respect for indigenous peoples’ rights, water management and low-carbon emissions during the production of aluminium.

The ASI’s Chain of Custody Standard, launched in 2017, creates a traceability mechanism so that end-users like Nespresso can be sure that the aluminium they buy has been manufactured by ASI-Certified producers at each stage of the process. The standard is the first of its kind for any industrial metal.

Commenting on the announcement, Nespresso CEO Jean-Marc Duvoisin said: “Nespresso is proud to have been a driving force in creating and implementing the ASI. Together we have made responsibly-sourced aluminium a reality, and the ASI traceability mechanism will enable us to meet our commitment to customers to reduce the impact of their consumption. This is a positive step towards creating a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.”

Rio Tinto Chief Executive Alf Barrios added: “This as an important step towards the use of responsibly sourced aluminium across manufacturing industries, which Rio Tinto is the first to supply. We expect the demand from consumers for sustainable products to continue growing and Nespresso drinkers can have confidence the aluminium we supply for their capsules meets the highest international standards.”

ASI CEO Fiona Solomon said: “Aluminium is a key part of our daily lives: from cars and planes to cell phones, buildings and food packaging. Until now, there has never been a comprehensive global standard for its responsible sourcing and production. Now companies in the aluminium value chain who wish to demonstrate responsible practices can take the ASI standards forward to their customers, who can, in turn, be confident that this represents the highest environmental, social and governance standards.”