Product carbon footprint and energy analysis of alternative coffee products in Japan

Hassard, H. A., Couch, M. H., Techa-Erawan, T. and McLellan, B. C. (2014) Product carbon footprint and energy analysis of alternative coffee products in Japan. Journal of Cleaner Production, 73 310-321. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.02.006

Author Hassard, H. A.
Couch, M. H.
Techa-Erawan, T.
McLellan, B. C.
Title Product carbon footprint and energy analysis of alternative coffee products in Japan
Journal name Journal of Cleaner Production   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-6526
Publication date 2014-06-15
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.02.006
Volume 73
Start page 310
End page 321
Total pages 12
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2209 Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
2105 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
2300 Environmental Science
1408 Strategy and Management
Abstract Coffee is an important global beverage, and has received significant attention especially in terms of the social and environmental sustainability of its production. This paper calculates the product carbon footprint (PCF) and conducts an analysis of energy usage for six alternative coffee products. The analysis shows that espresso coffee had the lowest impact (0.13 kWh and 49 g CO2 per serve), while canned coffee provided the highest impact (0.76 kWh and 223 g CO2 per serve). The latte had the second highest embodied energy impact, with 0.54 kWh and the highest PCF of 224 g CO 2 per serve. On a per millilitre basis however, espresso coffee provided the highest impact (0.0048 kWh/mL and 0.8 g CO2-eq/mL), followed by canned coffee and the latte. This indicates that care must be used in the selection of an appropriate functional unit, as the ranking of PCF can be overturned according to the basis of comparison. The highest contributing factors were the emissions from milk, packaging (for the can) and the production stages of the green coffee beans. Despite only holding around 17% of the market share of consumed coffee, the canned coffee product contributes around half of the national carbon footprint from coffee consumption. Current commercial incentives for consumers to use their own cups were compared to carbon taxation and found to value carbon approximately three orders of magnitude higher than carbon market rates.
Keyword Coffee
Greenhouse gas
Product carbon footprint
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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