Löfbergs releases its sustainability report in combating climate change

Löfbergs releases its sustainability report in combating climate change

May 15 - 2024

Coffee Geography Magazine

The new sustainability report of Löfbergs for the prolonged financial year from July 2022 to December 2023 shows that the family-owned coffee roaster continues to make progress in the sustainability area. The company also presents a new framework for sustainable development, where the goal is to reduce emissions in the entire value chain (Scope 3) with 30% by 2030. 

“In a time when there are forces questioning the pace of the sustainability work, it is more important than ever to dare to act and take major steps forward. We want to be a catalyst for positive impact together with our customers, suppliers, and other partners,” says Kajsa-Lisa Ljudén, Head of Sustainability at Löfbergs. 

Löfbergs makes the focus areas and the direction ahead clear in the new framework. It is about efforts in the entire value chain, for example to improve the opportunities and livelihoods of the coffee farmers, reduce emissions and waste in its own production as well as inspire to a more sustainable consumption.

Kathrine Löfberg- Anders Fredriksson

Kathrine Löfberg, Chair of the Board and coffee roaster in the fourth generation with Anders Fredriksson, CEO

“Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time and affects the coffee industry to a great extent. To be able to enjoy great coffee in the future, we must take responsibility in all parts of the value chain, even outside our own operation and where we do not have direct means of control,” says Kajsa-Lisa Ljudén. 

The development projects that Löfbergs carry out within the framework of International Coffee Partners (ICP) and coffee&climate (c&c) have up to now strengthened 185,000 small-scale coffee farmers and their opportunities to meet climate change and improve their livelihoods, Löfbergs is also one of the world’s largest buyers and roasters of organic and Fairtrade coffee, which, among other things, generated SEK 78.3 million in extra premiums for farmers and cooperatives. 

“In 2023, we started purchasing, as the first company in the world, sustainably verified coffee according to Gerações, a new sustainability protocol that the Brazilian cooperative Cooxupé has developed. We are also making great investments in data-driven systems that increase traceability and transparency, and that make it possible for us to follow and customise our sustainability efforts. This enables us to create better opportunities and conditions for even more coffee farmers,” says Kajsa-Lisa Ljudén.

Packaging is another important area for Löfbergs, and the company presented a world premiere in 2023. Together with suppliers, the company has started to use a new packaging material designed for recycling, which creates the prerequisites for a circular system. Löfbergs also report that the waste in its own production has been reduced to a record-low 0.28%. 

• The production increased to 12 million cups a day. 

• SEK 78.3 million in extra premiums for Fairtrade farmers and cooperatives. 

• 185,000 small-scale coffee farmers have participated in the development projects that Löfbergs carry out within the framework of ICP and c&c. 

• The share of renewable packaging increased to 75%. 

• The waste of produced coffee reduced to 0.28%. 

• Converts to 100% fossil-free sea transport.