Costa has unveiled its £38 million energy and resource efficient coffee roastery in Essex.
The new facility has achieved the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification, making it one of the top 10 industrial facilities in Europe for sustainability.
It includes solar roof panels, generating 250KW of power and a rainwater harvesting system for recycling and reusing water.
The building also has a ‘zero energy’ shell, which means it uses less energy than it creates via onsite renewable generation.
The company also plans to operate a zero waste to landfill policy for its roasting activities at the factory and the building and internal roasting equipment is said to have a “wide array” of other sustainable features, drawing on lessons learned from its innovative ‘Eco Pod’ in Telford.
The facility is expected to produce more than quadruple the coffee chain’s roasting capacity from 11,000 tonnes per annum to 45,000 tonnes per annum.
Dominic Paul, Managing Director of Costa, said: “Roasting here in Basildon keeps the UK at the centre of our growing global brand and enables us to build on everything we have learned from more than four decades of roasting in Lambeth. Today is about quality, capacity, investing in the future and being true to our heritage – it’s about embracing our traditions whilst continuing to innovate and drive global growth.”