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22 Jan 2014

Premier Inn showcases ‘Sustainability in Action’

Dan Rogerson MP visits Premier Inn Bodmin to understand how Whitbread became the first UK business to achieve certification for  reducing carbon, water and waste


Premier Inn, the UK’s leading hotel chain, showcased the lessons it has learned in sustainability to visiting local MP, Dan Rogerson, at a tour of the Premier Inn Bodmin site (Friday 17 January). The visit – hosted by Whitbread and the Carbon Trust – highlighted insights on carbon, water and waste reduction and what other UK businesses could do to improve their environmental performance.

Whitbread is one of only three companies in the world to achieve certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for reducing carbon, water and waste. Representatives from Whitbread and the Carbon Trust explained to Dan Rogerson MP, who is also a Minister at DEFRA, how its ambitious sustainability programme is being delivered across all Whitbread brands.

During the visit, Darran Messem, Managing Director of certification for the Carbon Trust, presented the triple award to the Whitbread team.

Chris George, Head of Energy and Environment at Whitbread said: “We are delighted to receive this award from the Carbon Trust.  It is a recognition of our achievements in reducing carbon, water and waste under our 'Good Together' corporate responsibility programme.  We have set ourselves clear targets for reducing our waste, water and energy consumption.  Last year alone, Whitbread reduced its water consumption by over 12% and diverted over 93% of its waste from being sent to landfill. These figures show significant progress across all our hotels, restaurants and coffee shops and we are committed to continuing that momentum.”

“At Whitbread,” Chris continued, “we are constantly challenging ourselves to become more sustainable.  We aim to demonstrate that big companies can be responsible and can make a positive impact.  This award reflects our achievements to date and we aim to build and develop our programme on an on-going basis.”

Dan Rogerson MP met with Premier Inn staff and was taken on a tour of the hotel.  Premier Inn staff showcased the hotel’s range of waste recycling facilities and team engagement methods, explaining how Whitbread has achieved the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard.  

Carmela Rustico, Cluster General Manager for Premier Inn in Cornwall, told Mr Rogerson about Premier Inn's Good Together engagement campaign ‘Switch it Off’ and Whitbread’s impressive recruitment targets, which include its aims to create new jobs for over 8,000 people in the next five years and taking on over 2,000 new apprentices.

Andy Jenkinson, the General Manager for the Table Table Restaurant in Bodmin, said: “At Premier Inn we believe lots of little actions make a big impact.  A big part of achieving our environmental 'Good Together' targets comes from working closely with our teams.

Encouraging our team members to turn off lights and training them to help save waste, water and energy has had a really positive effect.  The Carbon Trust certification is recognition of the hard work of every single Whitbread employee and is a great team effort.”

Following the tour, Ben Brakes, Environment Manager for Whitbread, discussed with Mr Rogerson what the company has done to become one of the few to achieve the Carbon Trust Waste Standard certification.  Mr Rogerson was interested in how Whitbread's work could be replicated throughout Cornwall and the rest of the hospitality industry.

Darran Messem, Managing Director of certification for the Carbon Trust, said:

“Whitbread has impressed the Carbon Trust with its tireless work in not only cutting its carbon footprint, but also its waste and water.  It is therefore a pleasure to recognise Whitbread with our new certification.  The award is truly well-deserved and we look forward to seeing Whitbread continue its impressive and industry-leading work.”

Notes to Editors

For further information please contact:

Tom Engleback – Camargue on 020 7636 7366 / tengleback@camarguepr.com

Richard Prescott – Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants 07880 139778

The Carbon Trust press office – 020 7170 7050/ press@carbontrust.com

To find about work opportunities at Premier Inn www.whitbread.co.uk or http://www.thewhitbreadjourney.co.uk

About Whitbread

Whitbread PLC is the owner of the UK’s favourite hotel chain, Premier Inn and the UK’s favourite coffee shop, Costa as well as restaurant brands, Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Taybarns.

Whitbread PLC employs 43,000 people in over 2,000* outlets across the UK, with its well-loved brands making every day experiences special for over 22 million UK customers every month.

Whitbread has outlined growth milestones for 2016 and 2018.  The 2018 milestones are to increase the number of Premier Inn UK rooms to around 75,000 and to double the size of Costa with global system sales of £2bn.

In the year ended 28 February 2013, Whitbread PLC reported a 14.2% increase in Group Revenue to £2,030 million and Underlying Profit before tax of £356.5 million up 11.4%.

Whitbread PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100. It is also a member of the FTSE4Good Index.

*excludes Costa Franchise stores and Costa Express

About the Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is an independent company with a mission to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy. The Carbon Trust:

Advises businesses, governments and the public sector on opportunities in a sustainable, low carbon world.

Measures and certifies the environmental footprint of organizations, products and services.

Helps develop and deploy low carbon technologies and solutions, from energy efficiency to renewable power.