illycaffè’s decarbonization roadmap for carbon neutrality.

Italian coffee company illycaffè teamed up with Quantis to develop a decarbonization roadmap and relevant actions to achieve its 2033 carbon neutrality goal.


Based in Trieste in 1933, Italy, B Corp and Italian coffee company illycaffè has an ambition to become carbon neutral by 2033, in occasion of its 100th anniversary. To make meaningful progress towards this goal, illycaffè partnered with Quantis to understand where to focus impact reduction efforts and develop a decarbonization roadmap for scopes 1, 2 and 3 of its Industrial Division (coffee manufacturing processes), with concrete actions to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Coffee cultivation was not included in the scope of this project.

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Quantis supported the illy team in identifying 60+ actions to be implemented over the short, medium and long-term.

The project included three key phases:

  • A series of participatory workshops to engage and brainstorm with relevant internal stakeholders from the Waste, Transportation, Energy, Buildings and Packaging teams
  • Selection and grouping of actions based on their i) potential footprint reduction, ii) ease of implementation, and iii) timeline

Development of a decarbonization roadmap and identification of possible pathways to minimize illy’s carbon footprint and reach carbon neutrality


The project provided illycaffè with a solid understanding of what it will take to reach its carbon neutrality goal and a clear starting point for action. In addition to the decarbonization roadmap, which outlines a concrete path forward, illy also gained insights into the potential challenges, risks and opportunities of each possible action, as well as into the different technologies that could support its reduction efforts. Having involved key stakeholders early on in the process of developing the decarbonization roadmap, illy ensured that the teams with a key role to play in executing the plan were engaged and fully onboard.

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Project Lead

Simone Pedrazzini
Director, Italy

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Andrea Illy, Chairman illycaffè

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