Our roastery runs on electricity sourced from wind, solar, and dairy farms across the Pacific Northwest through PSE’s Green Power Program. This renewable energy is an important part of our sustainability plan because it produces zero carbon emissions and allows us to reduce our fossil fuel usage as we update equipment from gas-powered to electric. Since we started matching 100% of our electricity with renewable energy in 2006, we have abated approximately 450 tons of CO2e. This is equivalent to taking approximately 98 passenger vehicles off the road for a year. For reference, a typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 tons of CO2e per year.
(Source: EPA, Green Vehicle Guide).
We’ve seen the challenges coffee farmers face from climate change, like coffee leaf rust, a fungus known to spread quickly and wipe out entire crops. This inspires us to take responsibility for our own carbon footprint. One of our guiding mantras is that you can’t change what you can’t measure. We did the hard work of measuring our carbon footprint and are delighted to share that our roastery and delivery fleet are now 100% carbon neutral. We’ll continue reducing our use of fossil fuels, removing emissions from the atmosphere, and reinvesting in coffee-growing communities. By 2030, we pledge to be historically carbon neutral.
We purchase carbon offset credits to remove our unavoidable CO2e from the atmosphere. We select Gold Standard-certified projects in coffee-growing regions that benefit both the environment and local communities. It’s our way to further support the people that make what we do possible.
To remove our 2020 CO2e, we’ve helped supply clean cookstoves to coffee farmers in Ethiopia. Nearly 20,000 households are benefiting from this project, reducing the use of wood and CO2e by 40%. For our 2019 offset, we helped rehabilitate broken down bore holes for safe drinking water in Rwanda. Both of these projects empower women and children, which is one of the top 10 ways to impact climate change.
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We are proud to support non-profit organizations that are working to better our community, the environment, and the future of coffee farming. Some of the dedicated organizations we support include, World Coffee Research, Grounds for Health, Gold Standard, and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association. In 2020, we donated over $13,000 in cash and $36,000 in coffee to over a dozen organizations. We want the best future for the next generation. As we grow, our support grows.