Understanding our impact on the environment is critical and we recognise the responsibility we have to take action to drive change.
RENEWABLE POWER SUPPLYING OUR UK&I ESTATE
REDUCTION IN CARBON EMISSIONS
NET ZERO CARBON EMISSIONS
ELIMINATION OF SINGLE USE PLASTICS
Net zero by 2040
Carbon emissions continue to be a huge focus for our business and reducing emissions is an ethical and economic imperative. We are very proud to have a target to reduce carbon emissions intensity by 50% by 2025 and become net zero by 2040. We have already reduced our carbon emissions intensity by 39%, cover 20% of our hotels with solar panels, and have 100% renewable electricity contracts. We also aim divert 100% of our waste from landfill.
The energy efficiency of our estate is key to us driving down emissions and we focus on on using building management systems to control usage and energy management software to monitor and target sites to optimise energy consumption. We continue to trial cutting edge technologies that will form the investment programmes of future years. For example, we have installed smart controllers to improve the efficiency of our space heating and cooling and air source heat pumps for efficient hot water generation to reduce gas usage. We continue to work with suppliers and technical experts across a range of technologies to develop our options for investment in further carbon reduction.
Elimination of unnecessary single-use plastics by 2025
Single-use plastics is one of the most crucial issues for our business. Most single-use plastics used at our sites are found at the back of our hotels and restaurants through food, drink and laundry packaging. We know eliminating this waste won’t be easy, but we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment.
We already have a great track record of minimising the use of single-use plastics, becoming the first hotel group to stop the use of plastic straws and stirrers, and unlike many other hotel operators, we have never used miniature shower products. However, we have more to do. In order to remove single-use plastic from our business we are working with our suppliers to innovate and drive change.
50% reduction in food waste by 2030
We recognise that food waste is a significant issue across the UK and in response, we have set a new target to cut our food waste by 50% by 2030. We now have clarity on how much, what type, and why we have food waste across our business and have already begun working to reduce waste levels.
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