Whitbread has signed up to Race to Zero with ambitious new green targets as part of its Force for Good sustainability programme.
The UK’s biggest hospitality company is joining the largest ever global alliance committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest, backed with science-based targets.
The move enhances Whitbread’s carbon credentials and reinforces its position as sector leaders for sustainability, having already had carbon reduction targets in place and a robust plan to deliver against them.
Whitbread, which is the UK’s biggest hospitality company, earlier this year pledged to reach net zero scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 2040 – the first UK hotel chain to publicly commit to doing so.
As part of its commitment to Race to Zero, Whitbread is aligning its targets to the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global to 1.5°C, in order to help effectively combat climate change.
It is also setting targets to reduce scope 3 emissions by 43% by 2030, rising up to 57% by 2040.
For Whitbread, Scope 3 emissions come largely from its value chain with purchased goods and services making up the majority, including anything from the sources of electricity its suppliers use to the way they heat their buildings.
The new scope 3 commitment will see Whitbread working in close partnership with hundreds of suppliers from global organisations to sole traders, communicating, educating and collaborating with them to help achieve its goal.
CEO Alison Brittain said: “The world’s eyes are on the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow and we couldn’t be more delighted to announce our support for the UN’s Race to Zero campaign ahead of the historic occasion.
“Driving sustainability has been at the heart of Whitbread’s strategy for many years now and guests who stay with us can rest easy knowing they’re choosing a business which takes care of its people, the communities we operate in, and the world around us as well as one that is constantly striving to become even more environmentally-focused.
“Businesses need to play a role in protecting the planet and we are particularly pleased that our commitment to Race to Zero aligns our targets with the most ambitious under the Paris Agreement.”