Despite Scomo claiming that café’s aren’t going to contribute to achieving net zero emissions by 2050, we’re just not ones to sit around and wait for politicians to take action on climate change.
Quite the contrary. Maybe it’s got something to do with our caffeine levels, but we’ve been working double-time on our carbon footprint. We’ve just achieved Carbon Neutrality. And since January this year, have been 1% For The Planet members. You see, Scomo, even though we’re a tiny speck of a business on this earth, we’ve all got to do our bit and make this climate change thing as top of mind as coffee is each morning.
Speaking of which, The Climate Institute is predicting that over 60% of the Arabica coffee species could disappear by 2050. In 2018 we highlighted coffee’s vulnerability from rising temperatures due to climate change, that is threatening the very future of coffee. Back then, we were the first roaster to introduce climate resilient F1 varieties into Australia via No Death to Coffee.
And we’ve been doing other bits and pieces for Mamma Earth since our inception in 2003, but it’s high time to tackle our business’s emissions head-on.
CARBON AUDIT: WE’RE ‘NEUTRAL’ – BUT OUR FOOTPRINT STILL SUCKS
We’ve recently completed a full audit of Single O’s carbon footprint. We’re roasters, not mathematicians but 3,219 tonnes of carbon sounds like a lot.
This has led us to a two-pronged attack.
Firstly, this week Single O has achieved carbon neutral status, partnering with Greenfleet Australia, a leading not-for-profit environmental organisation committed to protecting our climate by planting native biodiverse forests in Australia and New Zealand that absorb carbon from the atmosphere, improve soil and water quality, and provide vital habitat for native wildlife.
Our commitment is to offset 3,219 tCO2-e of CO2-e.
Secondly, we’re trying to commando roll carbon to it’s knees in a more grassroots kind of way. We know we can’t take town carbon alone. Enter Missions Against Emissions, a café and customer initiative to try and reduce the carbon accrued from farm to the time it reaches our cup.
MISSIONS AGAINST EMISSIONS – TAKE DOWN CARBON, BEFORE IT TAKES DOWN COFFEE!
Partnering with Three Blue Ducks, Estabar and 77 cafés around Australia, our first Mission Against Emissions is to encourage the surrender of single use on Earth Day to divert 10,000 single use cups from the waste stream and save a tonne of carbon*.
Next up is the launch of Stone’s Throw, our first ever Asia-Pacific blend paying homage to our region’s new quality initiatives, featuring coffees from Sumatra, PNG & Byron Bay Australia, with 50% less transport emissions than a typical blend & offset from farm to door.
There’ll be plenty more to come, as we, like other businesses, go about reducing our carbon footprint, little guidance or enthusiasm from our government, not slowing us down on our way!
For more information and to get behind Missions against Emissions, head to singleo.com.au/nodeathtocoffee
CARBON NEUTRAL NOW. NET ZERO EMISSIONS – WE’RE LOOKING AT YOU!
At Single O we strive to source ethically & environmentally sound beans, products & produce. We installed 92 solar panels at our Roastworks in Botany which currently offsets 30% of our electricity production. We co-founded The Juggler, the world’s first purpose-built café milk on tap system which has saved over 18 million two-litre plastic milk bottles from the waste stream, now seen in cafes across Australia.
We’re proud to announce that as of this week Single O is now carbon neutral, marking the culmination of an 18-year journey, with a commitment to offsetting 3,219 tCO₂-e of CO2-e through Greenfleet Australia at a rate of $17.82 per Carbon offset with the achievement of carbon neutral status.
We’re now embarking on the journey to achieve net zero status, in order to go beyond simply offsetting emissions through other parties and focus on physically reducing the companies own emissions, through upgrading solar usage, reducing environmental impact at an on premise and agricultural level as well as its fleet.
PANGOLIN ASSOCIATES GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Carbon neutral*: Commonly refers to a situation where the net emissions associated with a product or an organisation’s activities are equal to zero through the acquisition and retirement of carbon offsets that meet additionality criteria.
Net zero** carbon business: net emissions associated with a product or an organisation’s activities are equal to zero.
Carbon offset***: Represents a reduction in greenhouse gases, or enhancement of greenhouse gas removal from the atmosphere by sinks, relative to a business-as-usual baseline. Carbon offsets or credits are tradeable and often used to negate (or offset) all or part of another entity’s emissions.
Carbon credits: A carbon credit is a just that – a credit, or certificate for greenhouse emissions reduced or removed from the atmosphere. How? Through certified projects going on around the globe. A project may involve reforestation, renewable energy, or biodiversity corridors, for example. Many support communities and all bring employment within a green economy. These emission reduction projects allow others to counteract unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions. Our planet doesn’t care where greenhouse gas emissions are offset. Just how much.
HOW WAS THE CARBON IMPACT OF SINGLE USE CUPS IN AUSTRALIA CALCULATED?
• There are now over 20,000 coffees shops in Australia*
• Assuming the average coffee shop sells approximately a conservative 150 cups of coffee a day, a conservative 100 takeaway cups has been assumed.
• An average coffee cup accounts for 95.7grams of carbon**
• Assuming the cafes were open 350 days a year (15 days off per year) the total carbon impact of all these 20,000 cafes would be approximately 700 million cups per year, and 69,900 tonnes of Carbon.
• Using the US EPA Carbon equivalencies calculator*** this is the equivalent of diverting 5,659,082 rubbish bags from landfill or 14,549 passenger cars driven for a year.
HOW ARE STONE’S THROW EMISSIONS CALCULATED
Single O worked with an independent agency called Pangolin Associates who do National Greenhouse & energy reporting (NGER). Pangolin Associates have completed a full GHG emissions report for Single O, within which they specifically measured the shipping emissions from one Single O blend vs Stone’s Throw blend.
SCENARIO 1 – STONE’S THROW
Byron Bay to Sydney by Truck: 3.8t
PNG to Botany Bay: 1.3t
Indonesia to Botany Bay: 3.2t
TOTAL: 8.3t CO2-e
SCENARIO 2 – SINGLE O BLEND
Djibouti to Botany Bay 4.8t
Santos to Botany Bay 8.3t
Indonesia to Botany Bay: 3.2t
TOTAL: 16.3t CO2-e