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WSH announces landmark sustainability pledge

WSH, the parent company of leading hospitality brands including BaxterStorey, Mere, HIX, Benugo and Searcys has passed a landmark resolution, committing to procure 100% of the business’ direct purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2020. WSH’s pledge demonstrates the business’ commitment to furthering the aspirational goal of decarbonising the UK by reducing fossil fuel emissions and increasing demand for home grown renewable energy. In 2008 the UK Government passed

the Climate Change Act, which sets up a framework for the UK to achieve its long-term goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to ensure steps are taken

towards adapting to the impact of climate change. The UK is legally bound to provide for 15% of its energy needs, including 30% of electricity, 12% of heat, and 10% of transport fuel, from renewable sources by 2020. On its current course, the UK will fail to achieve this target. Mike Hanson, Head of Sustainable

Business at WSH, said: “As the UK’s largest independent hospitality provider we have a responsibility to continuously develop new ways of reducing our impacts whilst maximising opportunities. We do this by being innovative and brave, demonstrating our commitment to making our business a sustainable business.

“WSH will initially be procuring renewable

electricity sourced from suppliers, taking the form of green electricity contracts with utilities providers as current contracts expire. All new contracts will be sourcing renewable electricity from the outset. This commitment is an amazing step for us, one which I hope will encourage similar actions from others in our sector.” WSH will be reporting progress each year

through their annual CDP submission, report, accounts and individual business websites. The full list of organisations making the

pledge are: • BaxterStorey • BENUGO • Searcys • Mere • The Woodspeen • HIX • Portico • Caterlink • Holroyd Howe

HS2 awarded first BREEAM Infrastructure certificate

HS2 has become the UK’s first infrastructure project to be awarded a BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot) Scheme Certificate for its ambitious sustainability strategy on Phase 1 of the project. The assessment demonstrates that HS2

is committed to going beyond enhancement and protection of the environment, to address the key social and economic impacts of the development. It includes features such as working in harmony with communities, being a great neighbour, putting safety and wellbeing at the heart of the project, and building sustainable economic benefits for the whole of the UK, such as better skills and career opportunities for a new generation. HS2 Environment Director, Peter Miller,

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said, ‘We are very pleased to receive this BREEAM Infrastructure certificate. Our goal with HS2 is to design and build the most sustainable high-speed railway of its kind in the world, working in partnership with our supply chain and local communities to leave a positive legacy for future infrastructure projects both in the UK and beyond. This certificate is a testament to our sustainability commitments and to the lasting benefits of the HS2 project.” BREEAM Infrastructure* is part of the

international BREEAM family of sustainability standards for buildings and infrastructure. Later this year the best of BREEAM Infrastructure will be brought together with market leading sustainable infrastructure

scheme CEEQUAL* to provide a new world class international scheme for the future called CEEQUAL (2018). The CEEQUAL (2018) development process includes significant valuable feedback and learning from the application of the BREEAM Infrastructure pilot to HS2. BRE Director of Infrastructure Chris

Broadbent said ‘From 2014 HS2 was the first project to engage with BRE in the development of BREEAM Infrastructure working with us to pioneer a new approach to a sustainability strategy which applies right across the entire HS2 project. This is a first for the UK and it will set the standards for future infrastructure projects around the world’.

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