The British Coffee Association (BCA) recognises and supports the importance of minimizing the environmental impact of coffee; from sustainable growing, reducing waste during the roasting and manufacturing process, to minimizing the carbon footprint during distribution and improving infrastructure around coffee cup and single-serve pod recycling.
Environmental sustainability is a primary focus for us and progress to support and address it is being embedded across the industry and supply chain. Our members across the whole industry are innovating both in technology throughout the manufacturing process and their products and materials. This includes significant innovations around biodegradable materials, new recycling processes and waste management.
We encourage all our members to take innovation in the environmental and sustainability arena seriously. We continue to provide support and counsel to help educate, inform and encourage our members from across the industry to ensure we are working together to reduce environmental impacts, improve recyclability, and comply with the requirements of the EU Packaging Waste Directive.
As part of our sustainability work, a report, Bean to Bin and Beyond, was commissioned to increase an understanding of how the UK coffee industry is supporting and driving a circular economy throughout the supply chain.
These are the BCA industry goals for a sustainable circular coffee economy:
The Sustainable Coffee Challenge
The BCA is a member of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, a collaborative effort of companies, governments, NGOs, research institutions and others to transition the coffee sector to be fully sustainable. The aim of the challenge is to increase transparency, align around a common vision for sustainability and collaborate to accelerate progress toward those goals.
The Global Coffee Platform (GCP)
The BCA is also a member of the Global Coffee Platform which has been established to support the coffee sector to accelerate its sustainability journey. The GCP provides country platforms to help tackle local priorities as well as support in tackling the big issues through collective action networks and bespoke GCP tools. Being part of the GCP brings local insights for the BCA and our Sustainability Committee to support and work towards.