Climate & Environment

As with any other food crops the production of tea can have adverse impacts on the environment if it’s not managed responsibly. For example, the incorrect use of agrochemicals can lead to soil pollution and/or contamination of water bodies. In addition, energy use associated with farming and the processing of tea can also contribute to global warming through the release of greenhouse gas emissions.

How we’re helping

We help tea producers improve their environmental management systems so soil, water, ecosystems, and wildlife are protected. We also assist the tea sector to understand the implications of climate change and maintain tea production in the face of changing weather patterns and growing conditions.


Protecting Wildlife (India & Sri Lanka)

Protecting Wildlife

In India and Sri Lanka we partnered with the Nature Conservation Foundation and provided training to help conserve wild life and reduce conflicts between elephants and tea workers.

Malawi 2020

Malawi Tea 2020

We’re leading a coalition to help create a more competitive Malawian tea industry in which workers earn a living wage and smallholders are thriving.

Improving agrochemical management

Agrochemical Management

We train tea workers and farmers to use agrochemicals safely in order to minimise risk to themselves, others, and the environment.

CCA (Kenya)

Climate Change Mitigation

We’re helping factories, estates, and farmers reduce energy use, CO2 emissions, and costs by improving energy management and efficiency practices.

CCA (Kenya)

Climate Change Adaptation

We’re helping increase resilience to climate change for thousands of farmers by providing training on good-practice farming and adaptation measures.

Climate & Environment: Latest News

Working Collaboratively to Improve the Sustainability of the Tea Sector

8 September 2016

Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) is a membership organisation of more than 40 international tea companies and retailers. We exist to improve the sustainability of the tea sector, the lives…

Posted in: Blog, Climate & Environment, For Business, Key Areas, Membership Pages, Raising Standards, Smallholder Tea Farmers, Tea Workers, What's New

ITC Director Impressed by on-the-ground Climate Action!

10 August 2016

The International Trade Centre (ITC)* Director, Arancha Gonzalez recently made her maiden visit to Makomboki Tea factory at the foot of Aberdares, Kenya. Attending a United Nation’s Conference on…

Posted in: Blog, Climate & Environment, Climate Change Mitigation, Kenya, Key Areas, Projects, What's New

STIR Tea & Coffee

1 June 2015

Plant Protection and the Pesticide Problem

Posted in: Climate & Environment, Country, ETP in the News, India, Key Areas, What's New

Latest Climate & Environment Resources

Supporting Change in Assam – March 2017

6 March 2017

Supporting Change in Assam – March 2017 Find out how ETP’s work with expert partners is contributing to change in Assam and improving conditions for tea workers, farmers, communities,…

Moving towards a climate resilient tea production system in Assam

24 January 2017

Moving towards a climate resilient tea production system in Assam As part of the TGB-ETP project, the Tea Research Association (TRA) was commissioned to generate predictions of the climatic…

Malawi 2020 Tea Revitalisation Programme – Roadmap

25 October 2016

Malawi 2020 Tea Revitalisation Programme – Roadmap