May 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // Costa gathered its development partners, sustainability experts and the local community to thank those involved in the project and mark the success of the Eco Pod’s environmental performance – saving 54% of the energy used in a ‘conventional’ unit in its first month of trading.
The combination of sustainable technologies, smart architecture and intelligent use of building materials means the unit has achieved its target of balancing its energy consumption to be ‘zero energy’. The Eco Pod’s energy saving features include, solar panels which help to power the building and passive ventilation which naturally manages the internal temperature, keeping it at suitable and pleasant levels for customers and staff alike.
Oliver Rosevear, Energy and Environment Manager for Costa, said:
“We have been delighted with the performance of our new Eco Pod unit in Telford. Our latest data indicates that so far the store has reduced its pure energy usage by 54%, compared to a ‘conventional’ unit– showing that the building is performing as planned. This success is helping us to learn more about sustainable building design which in the future could potentially be incorporated into our coffee shops and help shape the wider industry.
At Costa reducing our impact on the environment is vital. That is why our Telford Eco Pod is a real milestone – showing that through effective partnerships we can make big steps toward positive change.
We would like to thank our development partner, Hammerson, for its progressive approach and sharing our vision, Telford & Wrekin Council which supported our application and of course our customers for making the Costa a thriving hub for the local community.”
Last week the Eco Pod received an A+ EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating, the highest band achievable (the UK average rating for an existing commercial unit is D).
Councillor Leon Murray, Mayor of the Borough of Telford and Wrekin, said:
“We are proud to host the first ‘zero energy’ Eco Pod building in the country right here in Telford. Telford has a history of innovation and engineering, so we are delighted that we can continue this tradition and pave the way forward in sustainable design.”
Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland" by Allegra Strategies for five years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & November 2014).
Winner of “Best Branded Coffee Chain in Europe” Allegra Strategies 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
With over 1,800 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,100 overseas, Costa is the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK and the second largest coffee shop operator in the world. Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa has become the UK’s favourite coffee shop chain and diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets.
Costa employs over 12,000 people and is creating around 1,500 jobs this year and over 4,500 jobs in the next three years in the UK. We continue to be part of the Sunday Times Best Companies To Work For list.
Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That's why we've established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation's aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 46 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.
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