Fairtrade Climate Neutral Coffee

Fairtrade Climate Neutral Coffee not only helps fight climate change, but also ensures benefits for communities in developing countries. A delicious product, that contributes positively to our world, click here to read more. 


The impact of climate changes is already being felt worldwide; from changing weather patterns to increased pest activity. Coffee is particularly sensitive to changed climatic conditions. As a consequence coffee farmers are suffering reduced yields and lower quality crops. Coffee farmers in developing countries are unfairly carrying the burden of climate change and are ill equipped to adapt or mitigate the effects. Climate Neutral Coffee seeks to help these farmers and halt the pace of climate change before it is too late.

What is Climate Neutral Coffee?

Growing, processing, transporting and roasting coffee uses energy and produces greenhouse gas emissions, causing damage to the environment and contributing to climate change. Climate Neutral Coffee is coffee that has no net greenhouse gas emissions. That means the coffee production is not having a harmful effect on the environment.

What is Fairtrade Climate Neutral Coffee?

Fairtrade Climate Neutral Coffee is different in two ways.

Firstly the coffee itself is sourced from a Fairtrade Certified cooperative. This means that the farmers are receiving the benefits of the Fairtrade System, such as the Fairtrade Minimum Price and Fairtrade Premium.

Secondly, the carbon credits used to offset the remaining emissions of the coffee production are also Fairtrade Certified. Fairtrade Carbon Credits are generated by Fairtrade coffee farmers through climate projects that reduce greenhouse gases, provide the communities with additional income, and additional benefits such as improved health.

What’s the process of creating Climate Neutral Coffee?

Firstly, a coffee roaster calculates the greenhouse gas emissions of their coffee across the entire supply chain, from cultivation through to roasting and distribution. They do this using a tool developed for Fairtrade, which meets the highest international standards. The coffee roaster then work to reduce their own emissions where possible. Next they offset any remaining emissions by purchasing carbon credits.

This process results in the production of this coffee having a neutral impact on the world’s climate, which is why we call it Climate Neutral Coffee.

What is the difference between Climate Neutral and Carbon Neutral?

Products that are Carbon Neutral generally only offset carbon emissions. However, Climate Neutral measures and offsets the emissions of all four greenhouse gases that cause climate change: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases. 

What are carbon credits?

Carbon credits, in essence, are tonnes of carbon dioxide that have been prevented from entering or have been removed from the atmosphere. Companies and individuals can purchase carbon credits to take responsibility for the emissions they produce. Fairtrade carbon credits support small-scale farmers and rural communities by providing access to additional finance from climate projects and by assisting them to reduce their impact on the environment.