Westbury Street Holdings (WSH) and Stonegate Group have become the latest members to join the Zero Carbon Forum to radically reduce emissions and achieve net zero.
The non-profit organisation was set up as a collaborative action group dedicated to creating a space to help the hospitality sector achieve net zero emissions. It now comprises 27 restaurants, pubs and breweries as members.
BaxterStorey, part of the WSH family, is the first independent hospitality food service provider to become part of the Forum along with all WSH brands, which include Benugo, Searcys, Caterlink and Holroyd Howe.
WSH achieved carbon neutrality status in 2007 and has a commitment to 100% renewable electricity.
It operates a carbon neutral transport fleet and business travel policy, and its award-winning food waste management system is believed to have saved over 61,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions since 2014.
In June the company signed a landmark pledge, committing to the Business Ambition for 1.5°C. To support this, the organisation plans to join the UN Race to Zero, to set a science-based target in line with the Paris Agreement and make a critical contribution to limiting the impacts of climate change.
Mike Hanson, director of sustainable business across WSH, said: “The Zero Carbon Forum makes working together as an industry possible. WSH has committed to the highest level of ambition in the short and long-term to reach net zero. We welcome the collaboration of the Forum and its members to help us to deliver a roadmap to be net zero and achieve this, at speed, together.”
Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November, the Zero Carbon Forum will publish a publicly available net zero roadmap to set consistent and credible milestones to an ambitious net zero target ahead of the Paris Agreement.
Reducing its impact on the environment is important for Stonegate. The group has implemented a number of efficiencies in collaboration with partners, including installing smart meters across its sites, recycling waste oil for conversion to industrial oils and renewable fuels, and addressing its waste disposal and recycling.
Spencer Bloomberg, director of risk at Stonegate, said: “We’re committed to reducing energy consumption and our carbon footprint. The forum represents power and knowledge in numbers, and we look forward to sharing and learning best practices from fellow industry forum members.”
Mark Chapman, founder and CEO of the Zero Carbon Forum, said: “We’re thrilled that these collective industry powerhouses, driven by highly inspiring and experienced leaders, have joined the Zero Carbon Forum.
“The Forum is on a journey to enable the hospitality sector to reach net zero at pace and avert a catastrophe. With the backing and collaborative action of our members and industry trade associations, UK Hospitality and the British Beer and Pub Association, we will deliver on our objectives, and achieve decarbonisation of hospitality.”