Whitbread, the UK hotel and restaurant group has saved more than 1,500 tonnes of CO2 in 2011 as part of comprehensive sustainability strategy.
The owner of the Costa and Premier Inn brands achieved an absolute reduction of CO2 emissions of more than 1,579 tonnes in 2011, whilst opening 29 new hotels and more than 100 coffee shops across the country. The savings represent an 11% reduction in carbon emissions relative to sales revenue.
Chris George, head of energy and environment at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said: “Our ambition at Whitbread is to lead the hospitality industry to a more sustainable future.
"To do that we have set ourselves stretching targets to reduce our energy and water consumption and cut waste across the business. Our recent performance shows we can hit the numbers whilst delivering strong returns to our shareholders.”
Installing energy saving technologies at existing Whitbread sites, investing in new sustainable hotels and restaurants and educating staff to save energy and water all contributed to the reductions.
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