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 one of the world’s most sustainable.
Some of its features include:
New equipment and processes to reduce the energy taken to roast each tonne of coffee by 30% compared to our previous roastery.
Renewable energy generation, with 249kw of solar panels on the roof of the building.
Facilities to make sure that zero waste is sent to landfill.
Electric car chargers, LED lighting and a rainwater harvesting 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 was the first industrial process site to ever be awarded a BREEAM Outstanding accreditation. Read our Roastery's Energy Management Policy here.
And, at the start of 2022 we switched the main energy source to renewables, by sourcing Renewable Gas Guarantees of Origin certificates. This has lowered by carbon footprint of the gas supply at our roastery by around 85%, significantly lowering our overall scope 1 emissions. To cover the remaining scope 1 and 2 emissions for our UK&I business that are currently unavoidable, we have purchased a small number of carbon offsets (backed by the Verified Carbon Standard), which support an afforestation programme in Nicaragua (a coffee-growing country).