Hospitality and brewing industry launch Carbon Toolkit to cut carbon

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Net Zero: Carbon Calculator and Toolkit launched by the Zero Carbon Forum (Getty/ Hype Photography)
Net Zero: Carbon Calculator and Toolkit launched by the Zero Carbon Forum (Getty/ Hype Photography)

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The Zero Carbon Forum has launched the Hospitality & Brewing Carbon Calculator and Toolkit on World Earth Day today (22 April 2022), to help hospitality operators and brewers calculate and cut down their carbon footprint.

The platform, created in tandem with UKHospitality (UKH) and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and powered by Sky, follows the publication of the industry’s roadmap to net zero last November. 

To support the accuracy of footprint calculations and easy-to-use actions, operators can choose from the groupings of pubs, hotels, restaurants, QSR brewers, contract catering, nightclubs and visitor attractions. 

Forum chief executive and founder Mark Chapman said: “Accurately measuring and understanding your current carbon footprint is critical to starting a meaningful plan to cut carbon and costs.  

The race to net zero

“Our new calculator and toolkit shows operators how to take action on reducing emissions in their own business and supply chain rather than offsetting. It is based on the roadmap findings, learnings of all forum members and input from our carbon experts.” 

Production and consumption of food accounts for around 35% of total UK emissions, with the toolkit helping operators work together to move towards net zero. It will be available through BBPA and UKH for pubs and nightclubs, and will also be available on Sky’s customer portal, 

Kate Nicholls, UKH chief executive believed the sector was fully committed to decarbonisation, and the trade body was “delighted” to have played a part in developing the toolkit. 

“We will be promoting this to our membership and the wider industry, so that businesses are supported to make positive changes to the way they operate. Hospitality is at the forefront of the race to net zero,” she added. 

Committed to sustainability

Zero Carbon Forum members will promote the toolkit and calculator to their franchisees and tenants.  

BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin said: “Britain’s brewing and pub sector are amongst the oldest and most revered around the world. We are committed to maintaining this reputation and it is now more important than ever for us to brew world class beer and operate in an innovative and sustainable way.  

“We are excited to support this calculator and toolkit which will help our breweries and pubs deliver our carbon zero future as part of the wider, green recovery.” 

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