Costa Coffee pledges achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2040
The coffee chain is also collaborating with suppliers of coffee and dairy milk to improve farming practices.
Costa Coffee has pledged to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 whilst setting a goal to halve emissions per coffee serving by 2030.
The company’s 2030 goal was approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a partnership between charity CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature.
Costa said it will work closely with its suppliers, partners and NGOs such as Rainforest Alliance to reduce the 95% of emissions in its value chain that sit outside of its direct control.
The coffee chain is also collaborating with suppliers of coffee and dairy milk to improve farming practices as well as working with logistics suppliers to find low-carbon fuel alternatives.
Since the start of the year, Costa’s UK roastery has been powered by 100% renewable gas, and has also invested in renewable electricity across company-owned stores.
Costa has also joined the Courtauld Commitment 2030, a voluntary agreement to drive collaborative action across the entire UK food chain on cutting on food waste, greenhouse gas emissions and water stress.
“We know that reducing our emissions by half per coffee serving and ultimately reaching net zero is going to take a lot of collective effort from all of us at Costa Coffee – from our team members and partners to our suppliers and consumers. But we are energised and prepared to work together to make a difference,” said Deb Caldow, Costa Coffee’s global brand and sustainability director.