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13/12/2011

Raise a glass to carbon savings

Raise a glass to carbon savings

Reducing energy consumption makes good business sense as it saves us money, enhances our reputation and, most importantly, helps tackle the effects of climate change.

Our dedicated energy team has established a coherent Company-wide approach to energy management. Their hard work helped us become one of the first companies in our sector to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard in May 2010. This was a significant achievement, as we managed to reduce our relative carbon emissions by 15.4% per meal, while increasing the number of meals we serve.

This effective approach is a result of working with the Carbon Trust, who have helped us develop a long term strategy for managing energy use and carbon reduction in the context of our growth plans for the business. This involved measuring our current carbon performance and benchmarking the findings against both direct competitors in hospitality & leisure, and the wider retail sector. Analysing our carbon footprint and the impact various areas of our business had upon it and identifying emission reduction opportunities.

Based on our findings we developed a detailed carbon roadmap, identifying the key actions required to achieve our targets. This included completing technical pilots of recommended energy efficiency technologies, investing adequate capital in a buildings energy efficiency strategy and preparing for the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.

As a result, our carbon strategy is based on an understanding of what we need to do to achieve our carbon and energy targets, the resource needed to achieve these, and the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. We have established a clear business case for increasing investment in energy efficiency and managing carbon over the next ten years.

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