Stonegate Pubs now has smart meters in most of its outlets and has increased the volume of waste cooking oil that is collected from its kitchens and recycled as part of its pledge to make a contribution to the environment.
The company runs 670 pubs across the UK but is keen to limit the environmental impact of its day-to-day activities by embarking on several green projects.
It has engaged third parties to better manage energy consumption, with the aim of minimising its carbon footprint and saving cost within the business.
During the past year it has continued the roll-out of smart meters across its estate and now has these installed in the “majority” of its outlets.
“We will use these in order to manage usage, in order to be as efficient as possible to help reduce consumption,” it said.
The company cites waste disposal and recycling as an “important” issue for the pub food industry and has taken steps to address this over the past 12 months.
It has a partnership with oil recycling specialist Olleco, which collects waste oil from its kitchens and converts it into a range of products such as industrial oils and renewable fuels.
In the year to September 2017 it collected 901,212 litres of used cooking oil, or 831 metric tonnes. The volume collected is up 9% on 762 metric tonnes the year before.
Stonegate bosses say the amount of waste oil recycled is the equivalent of saving 1,909 tonnes of carbon a year. In 2016 it estimated it saved 1,412 tonnes of carbon due through the same practice.
The chain continues to work in partnership with Veolia Environmental Services for waste collection and recycling services. 49% currently goes to glass recycling facilities, 10% to dry mixed product recycling and 7% is food (compared to 4% food the prior year).
The remaining 34% is classified as ‘general non-hazardous’ and of this 30% is consigned to energy recovery operations and 66% is diverted from landfill to other recovery facilities. The remaining 4% is currently landfilled but Veolia and Stonegate aspire to zero waste to landfill by the end of this financial year.