Energy use and efficiency

At Costa Coffee, we are always looking for ways to reduce our energy use and reliance on fossil fuels.

Making positive changes

By making the decision to only purchase energy from renewable sources to reduce our impact on the environment, we can proudly say that all of our UK company-owned stores have been powered by 100% renewable energy since April 2017, helping to encourage a similar and positive change throughout our industry.

That means we’re continually on the lookout for new energy efficient equipment with the hope to invest in them to use in our stores, whilst constantly exploring new ways to save energy in the way we work every day.

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By replacing lighting with LED lamps and keeping our store doors closed, we have reduced energy usage in store by 42%

The Roastery

Exterior view of the Costa Coffee roastery in Basildon, EssexIn early 2017, we opened our new state-of-the-art roastery in Basildon, Essex. As well as quadrupling Costa’s roasting capacity and being one of the largest roasteries in Europe, it is also one of the world’s most sustainable.

The Roastery itself was built with sustainability in mind. Its design includes:

  • Facilities to make sure that zero waste is sent to landfill

  • New and efficient processes that reduce the energy taken to roast each tonne of coffee by a huge 30%

  • A rainwater harvesting system, which generates all the hot water used by the roastery

  • Renewable energy generation, with 249kw of solar panels on the roof of the building providing its power

  • Electric car charging spaces in the car park

  • An energy efficient LED lighting system

Even the location of our roastery was especially chosen to improve efficiency. Being so close Tilbury Docks, our Rainforest Alliance certified green coffee beans only have to travel 14 miles to our roastery – halving the original journey distance they used to take to our previous roastery in Lambeth!

This huge investment in sustainability when building our roastery means that it is the first industrial process site to ever be awarded a BREEAM Outstanding accreditation. Click here to read our Roastery's Energy Management Policy.

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Eco Pods are “Zero Energy” coffee shops which generate more energy than they use

Eco pods

Exterior view of a Costa Coffee eco-pod storeOne of the ways that we have been able to test new efficiencies in our stores is through the construction of our two Eco Pod stores, located in Parc Tawe, Swansea and Wrekin Retail Park, Telford.

We developed the Eco Pod idea to explore ways to make building, operating and maintaining a coffee shop as sustainable and low-energy as possible and these two stores were especially constructed to meet those ambitions.

The design features of the two buildings are what allows us to make this happen – the equipment within the Eco Pod stores all operate in exactly the same way as the rest of our stores, but the following features are embedded in the structures themselves:

  • A special frame made from sustainably sourced FSC timber, which replaces the typical steel frame and so reduces each building’s carbon footprint

  • Super-insulation, which keeps the stores warm in winter and cool in summer

  • Intelligent positioning of the buildings, designed to make the most of the sun’s heat and so reduce the amount of energy needed to keep them warm

  • Rooftop solar panels

Everything we learn from our two Eco Pod stores is being carried into our conventional stores wherever possible, helping us further our efforts to drive down energy consumption and continuing to protect the environment in exciting and pioneering ways.