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committed to working together at pace to decarbonise its operations and support the Government’s green industrial revolution.”

Andrew Griffith MP, the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion, added: “In what has been an incredibly tough year for hospitality, the creation of the Zero Carbon Forum shows real leadership. This kind of collaboration is crucial to driving the positive change required by all sectors towards Net Zero and we know is already being rewarded by consumers and investors in their decision making.”

our environmental impact. Once we are through the current crisis there can be a bright future for hospitality.”

Collaboration will allow us to act faster and share resources

to tackle the climate crises

The Forum will measure and benchmark key emission areas such as energy, water, waste and supply chains for each company and the industry as a whole. This will enable members to quickly identify and implement best practices in emission reduction, helping to improve both

Kate Nicholls, CEO, UKHospitality, added: “Despite the torrid year our sector has faced we remain committed to operating out businesses in the right year. The work and energy that has gone into the launch of the Zero Carbon Forum, even while we have been fighting for our survival, shows what a positive influence our sector is across the UK.

“The sector’s ambition to go net-zero chimes with the needs of our customers and is a critical part of our recovery strategy. With the right level of Government support into 2021 we can deliver economic and employment growth, while reducing

sustainability and profitability. The Forum is already working on reduction initiatives including collaborative renewable energy buying, price benchmarking, electric vehicle charge points and carbon offsetting.

MEMBER TESTIMONIALS Tim Doubleday, Chief Financial Officer, BurgerKing: “Working out how to reach Net Zero is highly complex for an individual company due to the amount of resources and specialist expertise necessary. By working collaboratively with environmental experts and benefitting from members’ industry experience and insight, we can devise and implement a realistic, costed decarbonisation plan across our entire sector. Collaboration will allow us to act faster and share resources to tackle the climate crises.”

Andy Hornby, CEO, The Restaurant Group: “During the COVID crisis we have all seen the benefits of working together really closely as a hospitality industry. This industry forum gives us the chance to share best practice as we face into the massive challenge of reducing emissions and tackling climate change.”

Simon Emeny, CEO, Fuller’s: “Protecting the environment for the next generation is everyone’s responsibility. I’m delighted to be working with such an influential group of people to help shape a sustainable future.”

Emma McClarkin, CEO, British Beer & Pub Association: “From grain to glass, sustainability is a key priority for our sector. Brewers, pubs and the supply chains that serve them continue to strive for and reach new heights in reducing their environmental footprint. As a sector that takes sustainability seriously, we are delighted to support the Zero Carbon Forum and continue our leading role in reducing emissions and working towards a net-zero, green future.”

January 2021


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