Tackling climate change in tea

Read our latest briefing on climate change and get our daily tea insights from 2021’s UN Climate Change Conference – COP26.

‘Climate Change and Tea’ Brief

Climate change is having serious implications for the tea sector, and for the farmers and communities who rely on it for their living. Its effects will impact how and where tea can be grown, and poses a significant threat to the livelihoods of millions.

Launched to coincide with 2021’s UN Climate Change Conference – COP26, our briefing document sheds light on the environmental footprint of tea and where emissions occur in its lifecycle. It also looks at the impacts of climate change on crop yields and livelihoods, and the adaptation measures that can be taken to address them.

Daily tea insights

Join ETP’s Environment & Climate Lead Rachel Cracknell for daily tea insights from COP26 on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Missed any of Rachel's daily takeaways? Catch up on week one in this blog and week two here. Click below for the full list of videos.

ETP at COP26

ETP's Executive Director Jenny Costelloe sat on the panel at ekaterra's (Unilever's tea division) event at COP26 on Wednesday 10 November 2021. She discussed climate change and how it impacts on the ecosystem of food and beverages.

Missed the session? Click below to watch, and read the Q&A on Sli.do with code code GZ-C-10-1000 or click here.

Our approach

Our Strategy2030 drives forward positive impact across the environmental sustainability of tea, as well as equality for women and young people, and the economics of tea. Click here to learn more about our approach to environment.

We support farmers globally to adapt their farms and farming practices to deal with climate change. Our programmes improve farmers’ incomes and resilience to climate shocks, as we support them in diversifying their income streams, creating savings opportunities, and helping them to develop their business skills. Click here to see our current programmes.

Our own programmes have shown that climate change is impacting on how and where tea can be grown. Through our partnerships we have developed expert climate assessments of tea-growing areas in India, Kenya and Malawi up to 2050. Click here to read more.