Rio Tinto, Nespresso join forces to make coffee pods greener

LONDON: Nespresso, part of food giant Nestle, aims to use sustainable aluminium in all of its coffee capsules by 2020 under a deal with mining major Rio Tinto announced on Monday.
Both companies have faced criticism for adding to pressure on the planet, with campaigners saying Nespresso coffee machines are wasteful and many of the used capsules end up in landfill.
Under the deal, Anglo-Australian Rio Tinto will supply aluminium produced with renewable power and respect for biodiversity to Nespresso, the world leader in the coffee pod market.
The companies are seeking to position themselves as sustainable to boost their investor and customer appeal, and Nespresso has committed to 100 per cent sustainable aluminium for its capsules by 2020, Rio Tinto said in a statement released on Monday Australia time.
Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques said last month that miners needed new partnerships as the sector competes for talent and seeks to improve its image.
Its aluminium assets use hydropower — for economic as well as environmental reasons —and in April the miner became the world’s first producer of aluminium to be certified by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI).
ASI standards are based on protecting biodiversity, respecting indigenous peoples’ rights and traceability throughout the supply chain, as well as lower emissions and renewable energy.
Rio Tinto Vice-President Sales and Marketing Tolga Egrilmezer said in an interview that the deal with Nespresso was “a significant milestone for the industry” towards wider use of responsibly-sourced aluminium. — Reuters