Whitbread, one of the UK’s largest hotel and
restaurant groups, managed to save thousands of tonnes of CO2
across its hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops in 2011.
The carbon savings were revealed in Whitbread’s
tenth annual Environment Report, published earlier this month.
The owner of the Costa and Premier Inn brands
achieved an absolute reduction of CO2 emissions of more than 1,579
tonnes in 2011 – equivalent to taking approximately 250
medium-sized cars off the road – whilst opening 29 new hotels and more than 100 coffee shops across the country.
represent an 11% reduction in carbon emissions relative to sales
Chris George, head of energy and environment at
Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said, “Our ambition at Whitbread
is to lead the hospitality industry to a more sustainable future.
To do that we have set ourselves stretching targets to reduce our
energy and water consumption and cut waste across the business.
Our recent performance shows we can hit the numbers whilst
delivering strong returns to our shareholders.”
energy saving technologies at existing Whitbread sites, investing
in new sustainable hotels and restaurants and educating staff to
save energy and water all contributed to the reductions.
Every existing Whitbread hotel and restaurant has electricity, gas
and water data logging meters installed to record consumption and
eliminate unnecessary wastage.
At new sites, Whitbread is
continuing to lead in the design of new sustainable hotels and
restaurants and the business opened its tenth sustainable hotel
and restaurant in Camborne, Cornwall in January 2012.
Report also outlined Whitbread’s progress in other key corporate
responsibility areas including cutting water consumption by 5%
relative to sales and diverting 83% of its site waste from
landfill, whilst continuing to deliver its aggressive expansion
As part of its strategy to lead the hospitality
industry to a more sustainable future, Whitbread has set itself
the target of delivering a 25% reduction in carbon emissions, a
15% saving in water consumption and zero waste to landfill from
direct operating activities by 2017, relative to sales and
measured from a 2009 baseline.
Whitbread is also working
with its suppliers to lower the carbon emissions generated from
its supply chain and has published a new target to deliver a 10%
carbon reduction across supply chain activities by 2017 as part of
this latest Environment Report.
Whitbread employs over 40,000 people and serves
19 million customers every month in its 2,200 outlets across the
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