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Have your say on sustainability in the pub sector

By Nikkie Thatcher

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The Morning Advertiser wants to hear your thoughts on sustainability within the industry.

Is the pub industry improving when it comes to being eco-friendly? How can hospitality look to minimise it's carbon footprint over the coming years? And where can individual pubs look to make a change to their operations to help lower their impact on the environment?

We've put together a 5 minute survey which looks to find out your thoughts on the current state of the industry and your own business when it comes to it's environmental impact. 

And to make it worth your while, if you complete the survey you'll be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher​! You can take part in the quick and easy survey by clicking here.

Many pub businesses large and small are implementing initiatives on how to become more sustainable.

Earlier this year (February), Greene King announced the Science Based Targets initiative approved​ its near-term science-based emissions reduction target.

Business schemes

The Suffolk-based pub company urged the hospitality sector and farmers to work together​ to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

At the beginning of 2023, Punch joined the Zero Carbon Forum​. The group puts sustainability a key part of its ‘Punch Promise’.

Renewable energy, electric vehicle adoption, sustainable sourcing and plastic and food waste reduction programmes are all plans the business have in place to boost its green credentials.

Furthermore, in October, trade body UKHospitality laid out plans for the sector to reach net zero​ by 2040 and to eliminate unnecessary single-use packaging by 2025.

Trade stance

The organisation outlined 10 pledges as part of its Sustainability Programme including reducing food waste by 50% by 2030, promoting the roll out of electric vehicle charging points as well as facilitating engagement across supply chains to reduce environmental impacts.

At the time, UKH chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “Hospitality has been swift to embrace and accelerate sustainable practices in recent years but we’re entering a crucial phase in dealing with climate change, which makes our Sustainability Commitment vitally important if we’re to deliver on 2040 net zero aims for the sector.

“Ours is an overwhelmingly SME-led industry so it’s crucial SMEs are equipped with specialised tools to deliver the environmental targets set out by Government and to build businesses whose every day operations are environmentally friendly.”

At the 2023 Great British Pub Awards, the Riverside at Aymestrey, Herefordshire took home the title of Best Sustainable Pub​, impressing the judges with its excellent initiatives including growing its own produce, offering nature walks to guests, championing local food and drink and running a fundraising initiative to support local sustainability projects.

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