We continue to successfully manage our energy, waste and water in a manner which is not only cost-effective for the business but reduces our impact on the environment.
Reducing energy consumption
The reduction of our consumption of energy is now a fundamental part of our everyday business. Innovative methods to make our businesses more energy efficient are now being complemented by further developments in energy recovery.
This has been achieved through our continuing work with both manufacturers and industry to develop bespoke solutions for our restaurants and pubs. These are unique buildings with unique trading patterns and unique requirements.
Our proactive management of energy consumption, procurement and carbon emissions continues to deliver significant benefits to our business against a backdrop of increasing food sales volume. Greenhouse gas emissions per £m turnover were reduced by 8.91% during the 2015/16 tax year in comparison to 2014/15 in response to a range of behavioural change activities and ongoing investment in increasing the energy efficiency of our buildings and equipment.
We have successfully concluded the roll out of new energy-efficient fluorescent fittings to back of house areas across the estate. This has helped us to make considerable savings on energy consumption as well as improving lighting levels for our people. Smart heating controls We are in the process of rolling out smart heating controls to compatible sites that allow for better time and temperature control of our businesses. This is helping us to cut down on wasteful heating costs whilst ensuring customer comfort.
Effective waste recycling
We have established a solid waste disposal strategy to reduce, re-use and effectively recycle the waste generated by our restaurants and pubs.
We are working with manufacturers and our suppliers to reduce the amount of water we use. We have begun the installation of AMR (automatic meter reading) equipment into our businesses to allow us to control our water consumption to even greater levels.
We have concluded the roll out of appliances to reduce water wastage in our toilets and have generated an annual consumption saving across the estate of 13.9 million litres.
We're a major funder of Drinkaware. The Trust's aim is to promote responsible drinking by finding innovative ways to challenge the national drinking culture.