Award-winning green energy company bio-bean has launched a London-wide collection service with to recycle waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels, with the assistance of Mayor Boris Johnson and Zac Goldsmith MP.
Coffee shops, office blocks and transport hubs fuelling Londoners’ morning caffeine fixes will also be helping to power office buildings and supermarkets, under the scheme which is already servicing hundreds of locations throughout the capital.
Mayor Boris Johnson helped to collect waste coffee grounds as part of the pioneering bio-bean service. The innovative coffee ground collection service is the brainchild of Arthur Kay, bio-bean CEO. The company produces biomass pellets from waste coffee grounds, which are used to power energy networks with the capacity to heat up to 15,000 homes.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson –“Our green economy is booming and I want the next generation of Low Carbon Entrepreneurs to help make London the greenest, most innovative city on Earth. The roaring success of previous winners like bio-bean demonstrates the huge market for green technology ideas”
The Mayor was joined by Mr Kay and Zac Goldsmith MP at Workshop Coffee in Clerkenwell, one of hundreds of coffee shops, office blocks and transport hubs in London now part of the daily coffee ground collection service run in collaboration with one of bio-bean’s collection partners, recycling company First Mile.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Our green economy is booming and I want the next generation of Low Carbon Entrepreneurs to help make London the greenest, most innovative city on Earth. The roaring success of previous winners like bio-bean demonstrates the huge market for green technology ideas. They’ve done the hard grind and now Londoners can enjoy their daily coffee fix in the safe knowledge that as well as their own caffeine kick the energy levels of as many as 15,000 homes are being boosted.”
bio-bean is the first company in the world to industrialise the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels. Their world-first factory has the capacity to process 50,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds each year, the equivalent of one in every ten cups of coffee drunk in the UK, and at full capacity turn these into enough power to heat the equivalent of over 15,000 homes. Furthermore, as well as saving money for customers, each tonne recycled through bio-bean’s process saves up to 6.8 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.
bio-bean chief executive Arthur Kay said: “The first ever Low Carbon Entrepreneur Award gave me (and bio-bean) a great start. The London collection service marks a milestone in our UK development, as we collect waste coffee grounds at every scale, saving money on waste disposal fees and creating sustainability advantages for each of our clients. Joining bio-bean’s collection route couldn’t be easier… if the Mayor can do it, you can too!”