Making positive changes
At Costa Coffee, we are always looking for ways to reduce our energy use and reliance on fossil fuels. Here's some of the progress we've made so far:
In 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.