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The state of sustainability: edie launches new series of sector summary 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.

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.

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.

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.


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