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.

Set up by carbon management company Carbon Statement, the Hospitality Sector Carbon Reduction Forum aims to share best practice to cut consumption and boost income.

Carbon Statement director Mark Chapman, said: “The latest Government Energy bill will further increase UK energy costs in order to finance the £110bn of investment that is required in our energy generation infrastructure, so carbon reduction has moved on from moral obligation to financial necessity with jobs, profit and competitive advantage at risk.

“Energy, waste and water prices continue to grow driven by environmental taxes and scarcity, the brutal fact is that hospitality companies need to cut consumption in these areas by 20-30% in order to maintain the same levels of profitability.”

The next forum meeting is taking place on July 12 in London and 30 different pub and restaurant brands, including companies like Whitbread, Fullers, J D Wetherspoon, Tragus Group Mitchells and Butlers, Costa Coffee, Nando’s and The Restaurant Group are expected to attend.

Whitbread Group head of energy and environment Chris George, said: “The hospitality industry recognises its responsibility to mitigate its environmental impact. The Hospitality Carbon Reduction Forum was formed to address best practice in companies’ carbon, energy and water saving approaches. Working in partnership, we aim to devise a common set of consistent standards and tools to quantify the sustainability of services and products we offer to help our customers make informed choices.”

Carys Matthews

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