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We use water in all aspects of the day-to-day running of our hotels, restaurants and coffee shops, from washing vegetables, bed linen and towels, to providing our guests with power showers, warming tall Costa latte glasses, and roasting our coffee at the Costa Roastery in Lambeth.
At Whitbread, we look at all opportunities to safely reduce water consumption by changing how we think about it and how we use it. This is especially vital as we are growing rapidly and we have a responsibility to grow the business in a sustainable way.
Between 2009 and 2014, we reduced our water consumption by 29.91% and in 2016 we exceeded our 2017 target of 25% reduction. Therefore, we have set a new 2020 target of:
20% reduction in water consumption relative to sales turnover (from a new 2014/15 baseline)
We're investing £200,000 every year in reducing our water consumption
We’re saving on average 250,000m3 of water every year through our water stewardship programme
We install Greywater systems in all of our new build Premier Inn hotels as standard. The system captures shower and bathwater that is then recycled to flush toilets, saving an average of 30 litres of water per room per day
Rainwater harvesting is a design standard in our Premier Inn hotels and has also been installed in a number of Costa stores. The system captures and filters rainwater and uses it for non-potable applications
New build sites are fitted with Winterhalter Eco Dish washers. They use a small amount of water, which is continually recycled and we estimate this saves 150,000 litres a year
Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth - a running tap wastes over 6 litres per minute. If the entire adult population of England and Wales remembered to do this, we could save 180 mega litres a day - enough to supply nearly 500,000 homes. (Source: WaterWise)