Almost 20 of the UK’s largest pub and restaurant chains have pledged to become greener by setting up an industry group aimed at cutting carbon emissions across the sector.
The Zero Carbon Forum, which has been endorsed by the government, will allow members to share best practice as they face the challenge of reducing emissions and tackling climate change.
The group includes Nando’s, Pizza Hut Restaurants, The Restaurant Group, PizzaExpress, Fuller’s, Revolution Bars, BrewDog, Burger King, Boparan Restaurant Group, Shepherd Neame, Marston’s, Azzurri, Adnams, Greene King, KFC, Mitchells & Butlers, Young’s and St Austell.
The members believe they will be able to achieve their net zero carbon targets faster, and more efficiently and cost effectively by acting collectively.
They intend to publish an industry roadmap to achieve net zero carbon by September 2021.
This will measure areas such as energy, water and waste for each company and the sector as a whole, allowing members to identify where reductions are needed.
Zero Carbon Forum’s founder and CEO, Mark Chapman, said: “Carbon reduction and sustainable business is increasingly important to our customers so it’s vital that we act now. The window of opportunity to avert climate change disaster is closing fast.
“Cutting carbon emissions also cuts business costs and will help us bounce back more strongly from the pandemic. Hospitality is committed to working together at pace to decarbonise its operations and support the government’s green industrial revolution.”
The group is already working on a series of initiatives that will support their objectives, including collaboratively buying renewable energy, price benchmarking and carbon offsetting.