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10 things JD Wetherspoon is doing to make its kitchens greener

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Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has outlined the ongoing measures it is taking to make its kitchens greener and reduce its impact on the environment.

The company, which runs more than 900 pubs in the UK, said it is in its interests to run an ethical and sustainable business.

Initiatives that have been undertaken from an F&B perspective include:

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1. A reduction of 47% in greenhouse gas emissions, adjusted for sales, between 2014 and 2019, confirmed by energy consultants ISTA. Initiatives include the installation of Cheetah energy management systems, which reduce energy consumption in kitchen ventilation, LED lighting and other measures.

2. The segregation of waste into seven recycling streams including glass, tin/cans, cooking oil, paper/cardboard, plastic, lightbulbs and general waste. Any remaining non-recyclable waste is sent to waste-to-energy power plants which reduce CO2 and the use of fossil fuels. No waste is sent to landfill.

3. The conversion of used cooking oil to biodiesel for agricultural use.

4. The cessation of single-use portion pots in the kitchens.

5. The cessation of the use of cling film in pubs.

6. The replacement of plastic straws with 100% biodegradable and 100% recyclable paper straws and wrappers.

7. The inclusion of calories on menus. For many years, Wetherspoon has included the number of calories for each item on its menu. In recent years, the number of units of alcohol has also been included. In these cases, Wetherspoon suggests it may have been the first substantial company to take the initiative, before any legislative requirement.

8. From October 2022, all electricity supplied to Wetherspoon pubs in the UK will be generated from 100% renewable sources.

9. The availability of complimentary water fountains in all pubs, as part of the nationwide ‘Refill’ scheme.

10. Membership of Zero Carbon Forum, a non-profit making organisation, which is helping the hospitality industry in compliance matters and in implementing a plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

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