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Thomas Cook operates 190 hotels and resorts worldwide, serving around 20 million customers each year

Thomas Cook unveils plastic phase-out for its airlines and hotels

Holiday giant Thomas Cook has pledged to remove more than 70 million single-use plastic items such as straws, stirrers and cutlery from its operations every year.

The pub chain has previously donated more than 1.7 tonnes of edible food waste to FareShare

Wetherspoon and FareShare partner up to tackle food waste

Pub chain J D Wetherspoon has teamed up with food redistribution platform FareShare in a bid to divert more of its food waste from landfill.

The results of the survey will be curated into edie's next sector summary report, which will be free for edie readers to download

Hospitality & leisure professionals invited to take edie's 5-minute sustainability survey

Sustainability professionals, energy managers and CSR experts working for hospitality and leisure businesses are invited to take part in a short survey which will help to inform edie's next insight report into the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

IHG's vice president for global corporate responsibility Kate Gibson sat down with edie's senior reporter Matt Mace at the hotel group’s London offices

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: In the green room with IHG's Kate Gibson

Welcome back to the green room - edie's exclusive interview hub for sustainability leaders, brought to you as part of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next to provide her pearls of wisdom: InterContinental Hotels (IHGs) vice president for global corporate responsibility Kate Gibson.

From construction to hospitality, the reports will investigate what must happen in order to accelerate the transition to low-carbon, resource-efficient business models across UK industry

The state of sustainability: edie launches new series of sector insight reports

The key sustainability drivers, challenges and opportunities facing UK businesses are being explored in a new series of industry-focused edie insight reports, with the inaugural sector summary investigating the state of sustainability in retail published today (5 July).

Whitbread has ambitious growth plans to increase the number of Premier Inn UK rooms to around 85,000 by 2020

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.

Hilton Worldwide's energy and environment manager Claire Whitely said the adoption of science-based targets to drive emissions reductions is an avenue being actively explored by the group

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.

The announcement means there are now more than 2,000 restaurant locations across the UK serving MSC-certified traceable and sustainable seafood

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.

More self-supply deals and supplier switches are on the horizon in England after water retail competition opened on 1 April

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.

Around £20m is invested annually by the sector on efficiency programmes, which is on average 7% of participants annual average spend, the study found

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.

Why ‘fitness as a service’ could determine the future of the circular economy

It's always been the case that the customer should be at the heart of everything a company does. Firms that ignore this golden rule tend to go out of business. But the emergence of the 'product as a service' model involves a subtle change in emphasis. Rather than focusing on transferring ownership of a product, it concentrates on its performance. If it works successfully, such an approach should increase customer satisfaction.

The disk-shaped hotel is set to save energy equal to the CO2 emissions from 50,000 cars driving 100 kilometers

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.

Food for thought: What makes a ’good' restaurant?

Britain has undergone a food revolution. Where once we were Europe's poor relation, now we are a world leader. We boast more varieties of cheese than France and barely a day passes without reports of a new food trend or fad. The quality and variety of food available in supermarkets, farmers' markets and artisan shops across the country has never been greater.

The contract caterer has partnered with smart tech start-up Winnow to tackle food waste

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".

An estimated 740,000 tonnes of solid food and drink waste were produced in Scottish commercial and industrial sectors in 2013

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.

Competing cup claims: Fact or fiction?

The well-publicised debate on paper cup recycling has given rise to claims from various quarters, reporting to have solved the problem. Whilst working towards finding a solution is far better than flatly dismissing the need for a solution, the question remains: why are these apparently compelling solutions not being widely - and immediately - adopted across the industry?

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.

The ‘decade of disruption’ starts NOW: an edie Live primer

As thousands of sustainability professionals, energy managers and resource efficiency experts prepare to descend upon the NEC Birmingham for edie Live 2016, it's worth reminding ourselves of the big pledges, initiatives, collaborations and innovations that have together ignited a green industrial revolution at just the right time.

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 'Panama Papers' of effective energy management

As the impact of the biggest leak in the history of data journalism continues to snowball around the world, an equally compelling document came across the edie editorial desk this week - a document that contains information that could surprise the CEOs of some of Britain's biggest organisations.

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.


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