Whitbread now powered by 100% renewable electricity
Britain's biggest hospitality can now stake claim to being powered by 100% renewable sources after striking a deal for green electricity to be supplied to its hotels, restaurants and coffee shops across the country.
Learning from LightStay: How Hilton saved £600m through in-house sustainability
EXCLUSIVE: Hilton Worldwide is continuing to achieve significant environmental and financial savings and driving behaviour change across the business through its state-of-the-art bespoke sustainability measurement platform, the hotel chain's energy and environment manager has told edie.
Premier Inn pledges to deliver three million sustainable fish and chip meals
Premier Inn has become the world's largest Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified national hotel chain, meaning an extra three million sustainable portions of fish and chips will be served across the UK each year.
Whitbread and Kwik Fit seize opportunity of water retail competition
Hospitality giant Whitbread Group and vehicle servicing chain Kwik Fit are among the first wave of companies to capitalise on the newly-opened water retail market in an effort to improve efficiency and drive down costs.
Hospitality sector profiting from swift energy efficiency paybacks
A benchmarking tool which measures the energy performances of major hospitality businesses including McDonalds, Costa Coffee and Caffe Nero has revealed that energy efficiency schemes deliver much quicker profitability than opening new sites.
Fuel cell technology to power Radisson Blu hotel
Global hotel chain Radisson Blu has partnered with energy supplier E.ON to install low-carbon fuel cells at its property in Frankfurt, which will generate a large share of the site's energy needs.
Contract caterer Compass plans 10% food waste cut by 2020
British contract foodservice firm Compass Group has pledged to reduce food waste by 10% by 2020 as part of the company's commitment to become a "truly sustainable business".
Research underpins need for Scottish business leadership on food waste
Scottish businesses have been urged to provide "clear leadership" on food waste, as new research shows that an estimated 1.35 million tonnes of food and drink is wasted in the country each year.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.