Punch joins Zero Carbon Forum

By Gary Lloyd

- Last updated on GMT

Eco drive: Mark Chapman (left) and Clive Chesser
Eco drive: Mark Chapman (left) and Clive Chesser

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Punch Pubs & Co has joined the Zero Carbon Forum as the sector bids to unite and reduce energy, cut carbon and costs.

The pub operator has almost 1,300 community pubs throughout the UK, with ESG (environmental, social and governance) principles embedded at the heart of their strategy.

Sustainability forms a key part of its ‘Punch Promise’ that focuses on working with diverse communities to build an inclusive, resourceful, responsible and environmentally friendly business. 

Acknowledging the impact of Punch’s footprint on the environment, and its commitment to a circular economy, various carbon reduction initiatives are well under way throughout the estate and at its Burton-on-Trent head office. 

Modern and progressive

Renewable energy, electric vehicle adoption, sustainable sourcing and plastic and food waste reduction programmes are examples of activity in progress. 

Punch CEO Clive Chesser said: “As a modern and progressive pub company, we have a responsibility not only to manage our own impact on the economy, society and environment, but also to lead the way in understanding, improving and innovating our publicans and management partners towards achieving sustainable hospitality. 

“Working collaboratively with, and harnessing the learnings and expertise from, the Zero Carbon Forum and its members will be key to helping us achieve our ESG targets.”

Power in numbers

Mark Chapman, founder and CEO of the Zero Carbon Forum, added: “We welcome Punch to the forum as our latest member and look forward to supporting the group on its journey to net zero. 

“Power in numbers and collaborative action is what the Zero Carbon Forum stands for and by working together, it's our belief that we can and will reach our net zero target as an industry to avoid a climate catastrophe.”

Earlier this week, Punch reopened the Black Lion Hotel​ in North Yorkshire after a £500,000 investment.

Michaela Sheehan, who has worked at the site for 15 years, said: “I’m thrilled to be managing the future of such a historic landmark of the town for the local community.

“This pub provides an important home-from-home for so many and a bolthole for those travelling from afar.”

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