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WRAP's Courtald Commitment 2025 could deliver £20bn in savings for the UK economy by encouraging Britain's food and drink firms to pledge significant reductions in food waste and carbon emissions

Nandos, Subway and Iceland join WRAP's waste reduction commitment

Wrap's voluntary Courtauld Commitment 2025 - which seeks to reduce the resource intensity of Britain's food and drink sector by 20% - has added 30 new signatories this week, taking its representation to 95% of the nation's food retail market.

An aerial view of Central Park in New York City, which is hosting a week-long series of climate events co-ordinated by The Climate Group

Businesses match governments with bold climate pledges during Climate Week NYC

The level of climate ambition shown from businesses during Climate Week 2016 in New York City (NYC) is continuing to mount, with eight more companies making 100% renewable energy pledges and four firms committing to double the energy productivity of their operations.

Electrolux's sustainability strategy aims to inspire better food consumption and cooking habits among consumers and professionals, while maximising sustainable health choices

Electrolux launches global food action plan in support of SDGs

Swedish multinational home appliance manufacturer Electrolux has today (12 September) launched an ambitious and wide-ranging food sustainability action plan to address major global challenges, in support of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

M&C hotel group undertook a number of sustainability initiatives including fitting 17,000 LEDs in sites across the UK, resulting in £1m in savings

Millennium and Copthorne retains Carbon Trust Standard certification

Millennium and Copthorne (M&C) Hotels has achieved a re-certification to the Carbon Trust Standard after achieving a 10.9% reduction in emissions over a two-year period.

A bathroom in Malmaison Hotel in Aberdeen, Scotland, where businesses have been able to choose their water and waste water services provider since 2008

Hotel chain set for £75,000 savings with water supplier switch

Luxury hotel group Malmaison and Hotel du Vin has signed a ground-breaking contract with Anglian Water Business (AWB) to supply water to all of its UK properties, ahead of next year's water retail market reform.

A third of guests revealed that they use more energy in hotels than they normally would at home

Hotels should implement sustainability accreditation systems, survey reveals

Boutique hotels and Bed & Breakfasts (B&B) would generate more customer interest if they were judged through a sustainable accreditation system similar to food and service quality ratings, a survey from energy supplier E.ON has revealed.

The guide sets out six sustainability targets for all food and beverage retailers operating within the airport to achieve

Heathrow introduces new sustainable pledges for food and beverage retailers

Heathrow has become the first UK airport to propose a series of environmental targets, including energy reduction, recycling and a 'mystery shopper' programme, for restaurants and outlets in the airport.

Nando’s is currently exploring the potential use of food waste to power a selection of its UK restaurants

How Nando's is spicing up its on-site energy management

EXCLUSIVE: International restaurant chain Nando's is rolling out a number of on-site technology upgrades and innovative behaviour change methods, while exploring the possibility of food waste-powered restaurants, in a bid to take energy management in its UK sites "to the next level".

One in six of the eight billion meals served throughout the hospitality sector each year is wasted

Serving up a food waste solution

With the annual cost of food waste in the hospitality and foodservice sector set to reach £3bn this year, ReFood's Philip Simpson discusses the challenges facing the industry and how businesses can recuperate losses through better reduction and recycling strategies.

Two-fifths of diners say they are too embarrassed to ask restaurant staff for a ‘doggy bag’

Scottish 'doggy bag' scheme could cut restaurant food waste by 42%

The Scottish Government has launched a new food-waste reduction scheme designed to encourage restaurant goers to take their leftovers home with them.

Food distribution services have increased by 47% over the two year agreement

Hospitality and food services on track to achieving 5% emissions reduction target

Businesses in the hospitality sector which had previously signed up to lower key footprints and cut food waste have seen carbon emissions fall by 3.6% for 2014 as they close into the 5% reduction target for 2015.

Ignoring sustainability issues could prove costly to restaurants

Food waste: Opportunity knocks for hospitality businesses

With sustainability becoming an increasingly important factor in dining decisions, ReFood's commercial director Philip Simpson explores how increasing food waste recycling in bars, restaurants and hotels could boost customer footfall, as well as reducing waste management costs.

The survey forms a campaign between Glynn Purnell and E.ON to help small business save energy and money

Restaurateurs 'lack tools and knowledge to save energy', survey reveals

Three-quarters of restaurant owners, managers and chefs claim they do not have the tools and knowledge to implement green initiatives at their establishments, despite 80% considering sustainability when making business decisions.

Guests staying at any hotel in the vicinity of Ile-de-France will have any carbon footprint covered by AccorHotels

Hotel operator to offset CO2 footprint of all Paris trips for COP21

AccorHotels will offset the carbon footprint of all overnight stays in the Ile-de-France region - including those at rival hotels - for the two-week duration of the Paris climate conference in December.

Accor's PLANET21 initiative set out 21 new commitments to the environment and sustainability

Minimising your carbon footprint: Knowledge sharing and inclusion

With Make Holidays Greener month in full swing, Arnaud Herrmann, vice president of sustainable development at AccorHotels, explores the carbon reduction and employee engagement initiatives hospitality businesses should undertake to go green.

The Whitbread-owned coffee shop chain was praised for its sustainable, ethical, and local sourcing of ingredients

Costa served with 'excellent' sustainable café rating

Coffee shop chain Costa has become the first café business in the UK to join the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), after being named a 'Two Star Sustainability Champion' by the organisation.

Whitbread's brands include Premier Inn, Costa Coffee, Beefeater and Brewers Fayre

Green hospitality: How Whitbread is making complex supply chains more sustainable

As Whitbread sets itself a series of ambitious new sustainability targets, the hotel and restaurant group's CSR programme manager Mark Parker explains the increasing importance of supply chain management to further enhance its environmental credentials.

Passive ventilation and innovative construction techniques minimise the energy required to heat and cool the building

Costa opens first 'zero-energy' coffee shop

Coffee shop chain Costa has launched a new 'Eco Pod' cafe concept, incorporating an array of innovative energy-saving technologies that could have a huge impact on the future of sustainable building design in the hospitality sector.

The hub hotel achieved over 85% in the worldwide environmental rating system for buildings due to its state-of-the-art heat, cooling and energy saving technologies

Whitbread's hub by Premier Inn hotel achieves 'Outstanding' BREEAM first

The hub by Premier Inn in London's Covent Garden has become the first hotel to achieve an 'Outstanding' BREEAM rating at design stage.

The data reveals a 2.5% reduction in CO2 associated with food and packaging waste

VIDEO: Hospitality industry reaps benefits of reducing food waste

Hotels, restaurants and pubs across the UK have saved more than £10m by together committing to reduce food waste as part of the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA).

Undergraduates have a chance to get a £5,000 bursary towards their studies under ReFood's scholarship programme.

ReFood unveils industry-first food waste scholarship

Food waste recycling specialist ReFood has unveiled the industry's first dedicated scholarship programme to inspire the next generation of sustainable students.

Douglas McMaster is opening the UK's first permanent zero-waste restaurant in Brighton. Photo: Julia Claxton

Closed-loop dining: Inside the UK's first zero-waste restaurant

Visionary young chef Douglas McMaster is hoping to ignite behaviour change in the hospitality industry as he prepares to open the doors of the UK's first permanent zero-waste eatery in Brighton.

Coffee giant Costa signs up to paper cup recycling scheme - Simply Cups

Costa signs up to paper cup recycling scheme

Coffeehouse giant Costa has announced that it has joined a paper cup recycling scheme called Simply Cups.

A third of TripAdvisor users plan to make eco-friendly travel choices in the next 12 months

TripAdvisor puts green hotels in the spotlight

Review website TripAdvisor has today (29 July) launched a new online programme that will help travellers around the world plan greener trips by choosing European hotels and B&Bs based on their environmental credentials.

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Raising the bar: Belu's refreshing take on sustainability

Ethical water brand Belu started out with a simple idea: that there is a better way to do business by minimising environmental impact and investing all profits in ending water poverty. Ten years on, Luke Nicholls investigates how the not-for-profit social enterprise is using its sustainable ethos to drive industry-wide change.

The hospitality sector is set to spend an extra £32m sending food waste to landfill this year

Boris Johnson puts food waste in the spotlight for London's hospitality businesses

London Mayor Boris Johnson is urging restaurants, pubs and hotels across the capital to sign up to a new scheme that could significantly reduce food waste, saving thousands of pounds in the process.

WRAP launches new tool to tackle food waste

Businesses across the country now have access to the world's first guidance document which outlines how to design effective food waste prevention programmes based on proven experiences across the globe.

Green groups call on European Union to be ambitious and work towards a circular economy

Call for EU to follow ten steps to implement circular economy

A group of leading non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have issued a joint statement calling for the European Union (EU) to implement ten steps that will help Europe work towards a circular economy.

The Carbon Reduction Forum shares practical measures to reduce carbon emissions from waste, energy and water consumption

Industry benchmark reveals benefits of energy efficiency for hospitality businesses

Energy is now the second highest controllable cost factor for the UK hospitality industry, with leading pub and restaurant groups dually investing an average of 9% of their annual energy spend in efficiency initiatives.

The UK's 260,000 hospitality and catering outlets produce around four million tonnes of food waste each year

Hospitality industry urged to focus on recycling food waste

Hospitality businesses across the UK should be recycling surplus food, as a new report reveals the sector is set to spend an extra £32m sending food waste to landfill this year.

IHG said water use per occupied room in water-stressed areas decreased by 4.6% from 2012 to 2013

IHG reduces water and carbon 'per occupied hotel room'

Global hotel franchise InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) reduced its carbon footprint and water consumption per occupied room in 2013, largely due to more hotels signing up to the company's online 'green' engagement system.

Wrap identifies £2.5bn food waste bill

Hospitality and food sector wastes 1.3bn meals each year

The UK's hospitality and food service sector throws away 920,000 tonnes of food waste each year, which is the equivalent to 1.3bn meals, according to new research from Wrap.

controlling energy waste is seen as the most important thing for maintaining business efficiency, behind accurate budgeting and collecting debt

SME bosses struggling to engage workforce in energy efficiency

Energy waste is one of the top irritations for seven out of ten small business leaders, as two-fifths (38%) say they are in charge of monitoring and managing their company's energy consumption.

The hospitality sector has raised concerns over spiralling waste costs and a lack of available alternatives to landfill for some streams

New AD site could help hospitality sector save 30% in waste costs

The introduction of backhauling schemes and the development of a new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Rotherham could help save the hospitality sector 30% on its waste management costs every year.

Premier Inn Burgess Hill (pictured) one of Whitbread's

Whitbread's 'robust approach' to water efficiency recognised by Carbon Trust

Premier Inn and Costa parent company, Whitbread, has achieved the Carbon Trust Water Standard for demonstrating a "robust approach" to water measurement and management, and achieving year-on-year reductions in use.

Whitbread owns Premier Inn, the UK's largest hotel brand

In conversation with Whitbread's Chris George

Chris George, head of energy and environment at UK hotel, restaurant and coffee shop operator, Whitbread, tells edie that the biggest 'green innovation' isn't green at all and why he'd like to have a beer and talk science with Einstein.

As the ninth largest city in the UK, Manchester plays a significant part in the generation of seven million tonnes of food waste per annum in the UK

Manchester's restaurants take on food waste in bid to become UK's greenest city

More than 300 restaurants and hotels across Manchester have signed up to a local food waste scheme, in a bid to make Manchester's hospitality sector the greenest in the UK.

Businesses offered pedalling option to power meetings

Hotel group QHotels is providing conference, training and event delegates the option to generate electricity for their meetings through pedal power.

EXCLUSIVE: SMEs lack skills to create value from food waste

The SME hospitality sector is an untapped market for food waste offering potentially lucrative returns, but smaller food operators need better education on landfill diversion strategies.

Pub chain targets waste minimisation with integrated approach

Spirit Pub Company is investing in a more innovative approach to its waste management activities as it looks to capitalise upon recent gains made in recycling.

Accor hotel - Adagio Brussel Centre Monnaie in Belgium

Reducing consumption: Accor's long-term solution for a short-term stay

Global hotel operator Accor has a strikingly apparent business case for reducing consumption, with energy, water and waste costing the company a staggering €400m (£345m) per year. And without further progression in efficiency this bill is only going to increase, finds Leigh Stringer.

London restaurants look to close the loop on food waste

Food waste from London West End restaurants could provide heating for local homes under new proposals revealed this week.

Unilever builds on food waste drive with mobile app for chefs

Unilever has pledged to do more to help cut food waste within the hospitality sector ahead of World Environment Day tomorrow (June 5), which is highlighting the issue as its focus theme this year.

UK anaerobic digestion industry surpasses 100 plant 'milestone'

The number of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in the UK outside of the water industry has nearly doubled since September 2011, exceeding the 100 mark for the first time, according to figures released today.

AD shortfall hampers hospitality efforts on food waste

A lack of anaerobic digestion (AD) capacity in England and Wales is hindering efforts in the hospitality sector to cut down on food waste, according to latest research.

Ryder Cup swings into action as it seeks to procure waste services

Waste is one of a number of infrastructure areas that could land a 'birdie' as the Ryder Cup Europe launches its official 2014 procurement process.

Welsh hospitality industry receives £920k for waste prevention boost

A package of support worth up to £60,000 per business has been made available to the Welsh hospitality and food and drink sector, in an attempt to kick-start waste prevention and recycling.

Retailers under spotlight as global action on food waste gathers pace

Retailers and their supply chains are being targeted in a far-reaching campaign launched today that aims to accelerate action on tackling food waste.

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Branson backs calls for hospitality sector to bottle own water

A new social enterprise has today urged the hospitality and tourism industry to adopt a sustainable business model that collectively addresses the global issue of access to clean water.

Recycling hits the big screen at Odeon Cinemas

The Odeon Cinema Group has embarked on a drive to double recycling rates by the end of 2014 across all of its theatre sites in the UK.

Leading by legislation: Big Yellow goes green

From the green deal to carbon reporting, legislation is a double edged sword that can make or break a company's business model. Paul Donnelly tells Leigh Stringer why leading by legislation is a sensible step towards a sustainable and successful future in business.

Biffa signs up to hospitality and food service agreement

Biffa has become the first waste management operator to support the Waste & Resources Action Programme's (WRAP) hospitality and food service agreement which could save UK businesses up to £76m by the end of 2015.

Restaurants looking for help to cut food waste

Irish restaurants throw away €125m worth of food every year and as a sector is looking for assistance to reduce this cost, according to a report.

From a 2009 baseline, Costa has managed 15% carbon reductions

Firms must 'excite' staff to encourage behaviour change

Businesses must drive the correct messages on the benefits of energy efficiency to encourage employee engagement and behavioural change, says Costa's energy and environment manager.

Some of the biggest brands in the hospitality sector have reported significant energy savings over the past few years

Hospitality sector: fighting the downturn through energy efficiency

With the introduction of the government's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme this summer, the hospitality sector has had to work hard to become a more energy efficient industry. Leigh Stringer looks at how businesses in this struggling sector are dealing with new government legislation and how they attempt to stabilise and improve profits through staff engagement and energy efficiency.

NEC Group achieves zero waste as RWM 2012 kicks off

Birmingham NEC has reached zero waste to landfill status two years ahead of schedule as the venue opens its doors today to RWM with CIWM, the UK's biggest resource and waste management show.

BASF entertains with zero waste white paper

BASF has released a white paper encouraging the entertainment industry to work towards zero waste through implementing better recycling and recovery schemes.

Food industry waste deal targets £45m in savings

A new voluntary agreement on food and packaging waste has been unveiled for the foodservice sector which aims to save over £45m and cut carbon by 342,000 tonnes.

Hospitality industry launches carbon measurement tool

A group of major global hospitality companies have joined forces to launch a new tool to help measure and report on their carbon emissions.

Businesses to benefit from food waste funding boost

Commercial food waste collection services are set to expand following the award of WRAP funding to seven waste contractors.

ANALYSIS: Profit big by thinking small on food waste

Councils and waste contractors who look to supplement their existing food waste collection schemes with volumes from small catering and food service outlets could be sitting on a lucrative new business model.

Hospitality industry launches carbon forum

A new carbon reduction forum for the pub and hospitality sector has been launched to help businesses beat energy, water and waste price increases and maintain profitability.

Hospitality industry aims to improve waste management

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has joined forces with Specialist Waste Recycling (SWR) in a bid to improve the management of the sector's waste streams.

Accor's 21 sustainability targets have been embedded in the group's operations

Accor unveils five-year sustainability strategy

The world's largest hotel operator today unveiled its Planet 21 initiative - setting out 21 new commitments to the environment and sustainability to be achieved by 2015.

Food service sector braced for waste prevention drive

Caterers and food service operators will be expected to commit to reducing food and packaging waste under a new producer responsibility deal this May.

AD plants reject food waste from supermarkets

Supermarket food waste is proving problematic for anaerobic digestion (AD) plants due to the high levels of contamination found in the feedstock.

Recycling facilities by the turfside

Professional golf club swings zero waste success

One of Scotland's top golf courses has achieved zero waste to landfill as part of its drive to make the sport more sustainable.

Pooling knowledge and expertise will be vital if the industry is to reduce its carbon footprint

Whitbread focuses on energy efficiency

Armed with a new list of expert recommendations, Whitbread is aiming to lead the hospitality sector towards sustainability

Hotel chain seeks to double recycling rates

Hotel chain Hillbrooke is looking to double recycling rates and cut disposal costs as part of a new corporate waste strategy.

Unilever in talks to map out nationwide food waste plan

Unilever has joined forces with key industry stakeholders to scope out a recovery road map for food waste generated across the supply chain.

Greater supply chain engagement is required to drive best practice in glass recovery

Pressure mounts for glass packaging responsibility deal

Better supply chain engagement is required if a closed loop economy for glass packaging is to become a reality, industry players have warned.

Morgans Group is hoping to significantly boost recycling levels at its hotel sites

Hotel group target 80% recycling rate with UK waste partner

Morgans Hotel Group has awarded SWR a UK-wide waste management contract for its boutique hotels including St Martins Lane in London.

Restricting drinking straws to request only will help food operators with waste costs

London restaurants opt for drinking straws ban to cut plastic waste

London restaurants, bars and cafes have joined forces to launch the UK's first 'Straw Wars' campaign in a bid to cut down on the use of plastic drinking straws by customers.

The National Trust has chosen to outsource all its waste requirements

National Trust chooses Reconomy as waste partner

The National Trust has appointed outsourcing firm Reconomy to manage waste across all of its properties for the next five years.

Better control of ingredient use would help chefs better in the fight against food waste

Unilever launches food waste toolkit for restaurants

Unilever Food Solutions has developed a waste toolkit for catering venues and restaurants to help food service operators control their costs better.

The Langham Hotel is hoping to double its recycling rates in 12 months

Luxury hotel appoints waste contractor to double recycling rates

Luxury London hotel The Langham is looking to raise recycling levels from 35% to 75% over the next 12 months and make significant cost savings in the process.

Jacqui MacCaig speaking at the ADBA conference

Catering and hospitality sector potentially lucrative markets for AD

Food waste from hotels, pubs, clubs, restaurants and schools is an untapped market for the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry, according to a key industry figure.

Wetherspoon's to pilot food waste recycling at 28 of its pubs

Pub chain Wetherspoon's has teamed up with Biffa to run a food waste recycling trial in a bid to reduce its waste and boost environmental performance.

Two bitter winters hit Accor's energy cutting drive

French owned hotel giant Accor broke its silence this week to talk about how it has moved sustainability up the agenda.

NatWest chief gets his hands dirty with refuse 'day trip'

NatWest and RBS's chief executive of business and commercial banking, Ian Cowie, spent the day with waste contractor Bywaters getting to grips with a life of grime.

NEC chooses local reprocessor for fridge and WEEE recycling

Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is now sending its end-of-life fridges and other electrical equipment to a local specialist centre to be recycled.

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Man United's resource efficiency drive saves supply chain £500k

Manchester United Football Club has reduced material consumption across its business by nearly 20% over the past eight years by working closely with its supply chain, achieving cost savings of £500,000.

Serving up a solution for restaurant food waste

Doggy bags could soon be back in fashion as restaurants look to cut down on the amount of food waste left by diners. It's all part of a new campaign, as Tom Tanner explains

The fall and rise of China's green hotels

Despite copying a Canadian model, the Chinese domestic green hotel programme never fulfilled its promise. Seeing the writing on the wall, the central government is now introducing stronger, regulation-led standards. Elius Levin reports from China

Giving a **it

David Birkett takes a serious view when it comes to waste management, making it his mission to fight the illegal dumping of waste. And his down-to-earth dedication to the cause is earning him continued success in business.

Room for change

With landfill costs rising, the hospitality industry needs to reduce the amount of waste it produces. John Haven looks at how one hotel chain set about doing so

Hospitality industry urged to save energy

A brochure outlining a programme to help UK restaurateurs save up to 40% on their energy bills was launched last week at the Restaurant Show 2004, held at Olympia, London.

UK Business Briefs: blended diesel, brownfield guidance and sustainable city awards

In this week’s UK Business Briefs, a guide promoting brownfield redevelopment, blended diesel wins the race and a deadline extension for London’s Liveable City Awards.

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