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Hydrogen key in decarbonising Nespresso logistics; will increase hydrogen trucks to six by 2022
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Hydrogen key in decarbonising Nespresso logistics; will increase hydrogen trucks to six by 2022

Pierre Logez, Logistic Manager at Nespresso Switzerland, sees hydrogen as a key part of Nespresso’s logistic operations. “Our company puts sustainability at the heart of all its activities. Thanks to this revolutionary eco-mobile technology, it is possible to reduce CO2 emission by transporting our Nespresso coffees and products from our factories to many stores in Switzerland,” he told H2 View.

Nespresso has commited to make every cup of its coffee carbon neutral across its supply chain and product life cycle by 2022.

Read more: Nespresso, von Bergen collaborate on hydrogen-powered truck

In Switzerland, its logistics partner, von Bergen SA, is an active member of H2 Mobility Switzerland; a group which has committed to decarbonising the Swiss transportation sector by introducing new refuelling stations and hydrogen trucks.

H2 View spoke exclusively to Logez to find out more about why Nespresso Switzerland is utilising hydrogen and how it sees hydrogen impacting both Europe and Switzerland.

Thank you for giving H2 View your time. How is Nespresso using hydrogen to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2022?

Last September, we committed to ensure that every cup of Nespresso coffee, both for at-home and for professional customers, will be carbon neutral by 2022. This new ambition is built on more than 10 years of work during which Nespresso has done in reducing its carbon emissions and compensated the remainder through agroforestry. For that, we are taking concrete actions in all areas of our business, including logistics.

In Switzerland, we are supporting a new form of zero-emission mobility, turning to hydrogen-powered vehicles to make product deliveries in the country. Our first dedicated hydrogen-powered truck is being used to make deliveries from factories to many stores across Switzerland, supporting our target to reduce the carbon impact of our logistics operations by 50% by 2025. We will achieve this by increasing the number of Nespresso hydrogen-trucks to six by 2022.

We also want to support the like-minded carrier with the same objectives and encourage a nationwide network of hydrogen stations that will be in operation in Switzerland.

The idea to collaborate with von Bergen must be exciting for decarbonising Nespresso logistics. Can you tell us about how this partnership came about?

At Nespresso, sustainability is built into everything we do. That is not only because we care about the people and the planet, but because our future depends on being responsible now and in the years to come.

We have worked with von Bergen since 2005 and we are more than proud to work with partners who have the same commitments to ours. Our strategic partner von Bergen informed us about its current desire to reduce CO2 emissions, by pursuing its policy of acquiring vehicles running on alternative fuels such as green hydrogen. The objective of von Bergen is to reach in 2022 a 30% CO2 reduction and then 10% every year.

What can you tell us about Nespresso’s view on hydrogen? How do you see it impacting the European economy? 

As mentioned, our company puts sustainability at the heart of all its activities. Thanks to this revolutionary eco-mobile technology, it is possible to reduce CO2 emission by transporting our Nespresso coffees and products from our factories to many stores in Switzerland.

As a company, we also want to support the like-minded carrier with the same objectives and encourage a nationwide network of hydrogen stations that will be in operation in Switzerland. Especially when we see that the switch to hydrogen-powered trucks could amount to between 75-80 tonnes of CO2 avoided per truck/per year.

As well as this, what are your thoughts on the Swiss H2 Mobility group’s commitment to decarbonising transport in the nation? How will it affect Switzerland?

Our partner von Bergen is the first company in French-speaking Switzerland who invested in green hydrogen-powered trucks and who was recently picked up the Watt of Gold 2021 award by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE).

The commitment of the H2 Mobility group in Switzerland will of course be important, as it initiates a transition to hydrogen powering of professional heavy vehicles. In a few years, this motorisation will become widespread with other alternative ecological solutions. For professionals in the transport sector, this is a guarantee of ecologically interesting, but also economically viable solutions.

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