Costa coffee owner cuts its carbon

Ever think about how much carbon goes into making your coffee? It’s a question the owner of the Costa coffee chain has thought about – and it says it has […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Ever think about how much carbon goes into making your coffee? It’s a question the owner of the Costa coffee chain has thought about – and it says it has saved more than 1500 tonnes of CO2 in 2011.

Whitbread, the UK’s largest hotel and restaurant group, cut the same amount of carbon as taking 250 medium-sized cars off the road across its hotels, restaurants and coffee shops.

The savings are an 11% cut in carbon emissions relative to sales revenue, according to the latest Environment Report from the group which also owns Premier Inn.

Chris George, head of energy and environment at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said:  “Our ambition at Whitbread is to lead the hospitality industry to a more sustainable future.  To do that we have set ourselves stretching targets to reduce our energy and water consumption and cut waste across the business.”

The group says installing energy saving technologies at existing Whitbread sites, investing in new sustainable hotels and restaurants and educating staff to save energy and water all contributed to the reductions.