Resources, best practise & case studies for the hospitality industry
West End Case Studies
Each month, we will showcase four different West End business strategies and initiatives at the forefront of sustainability and innovation across the hospitality sector.
Marriott Hotels: SERVE360Read more
Marriott's sustainability and imact strategy covers four areas: Nurture, Sustain, Empower & Welcome. The strategy is guided by its 2025 Sustainability and Social Impact Goals, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Read more here.
Rocco Forte: Our PlanetRead more
Rocco Forte Hotels are taking greater steps to monitor and improve their consumption of energy, water, paper and food waste, as well as moving towards eradicating single-use and non-recyclable plastics. Click to read more.
McDonalds: Our Plan For ChangeRead more
Treehouse Hotel: MISSION by SHRead more
A new kind of hotel loyalty program designed for you and our planet—now sprouting at most 1 Hotels and blooming in more SH Hotels & Resorts soon - including Treehouse Hotel London. Read more.
Sector Commitments & Resources
The below highlights industry trade body resources and commitments that may apply to your West End business. Read on to find out more about these initiatives and how to get involved.
The Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action on Tourism
Launched at COP 26, The Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism aims to align climate action across the tourism sector across their 5 pathways: Measurement, Decarbonisation, Regeneration, Collaboration and Finance.
Signatories are required to deliver a climate action plan within 12 months of joining that will support the global commitment to halve emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 (if not before). Hospitality signatories include Accor group and Iberostar hotels.
The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance
This industry-led organisation representing over 30% of the global hotel industry (by rooms) promotes environmental and social responsibility in the sector.
They provide materials that can help organisations with emissions measurement and target setting (including science based targets), industry-relevant actions for emissions reduction, and guidance on creating a business case for sustainability.
Zero Carbon Forum: Net Zero by 2040 – a guide for the Hospitality sector
The Zero Carbon Forum is a non-profit advancing decarbonisation in the UK hospitality and brewing industries. With members spanning Revolution bars, Nando’s and Brewdog, members have committed abating all Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030 and Scope 3 by 2040.
The recently published Net Zero guide for the hospitality sector provides a decarbonisation roadmap and pathways for the industry as well as tips to get started
Food and Drink Federation – Ambition 2025
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the convenor, advisor and voice of UK food and drink manufacturing. Building on the FDF’s Five-Fold Environmental Ambition launched in 2007, the recent Ambition 2025 outlines next steps and targets including:
- A 55% absolute reduction in CO2 emissions by 2025 vs. a 1990 baseline
- An industry-wide reduction in water use 20% vs. 2007 levels
As well as these specific targets, the FDF has ambitions to reduce food waste across the whole supply chain; minimise the impact of used packaging and encourage sector innovation; protect natural capital, and reduce food miles.
WRAP - The Courtauld Commitment 2030
The Courtauld Commitment 2030 is a voluntary agreement to help the UK food and drink sector improve environmental performance, chaired by Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP). Businesses including McDonalds, M&S and Greene King have committed to:
- A 50% absolute reduction in GHG emissions associated with food and drink consumed in the UK by 2030
- A 50% per capita reduction in food waste by 2030 vs the UK 2007 baseline
- Sourcing 50% of fresh food from areas with sustainable water management by 2030
SBTi FLAG Guidance
The SBTi has released new guidance for companies in land-intensive sectors, such as food, agriculture and forestry, to align their SBTs to include land-related emissions and removals.
On Tuesday 18th January, they presented their first draft of the guidance and opened this to public consultation. The results of this consultation are now being evaluated.
Companies required to set FLAG targets
- Companies meeting either of the following two criteria will need to set a FLAG-target:
- Companies with land intensive activities in their value chain:
- Forest and Paper Products – Forestry, Timber, Pulp and Paper, Rubber
- Food Production – Agricultural Production
- Food Production – Animal Source
- Food and Beverage Processing
- Food and Staples Retailing
- Companies in any other SBTi-designated sector that:
- have more than 20% of revenues coming from forests, land or agriculture; OR
- companies with FLAG-related emissions that total more than 20% of overall emissions across scopes 1, 2 and 3.
WRAP Scope 3 GHG Measurement and Reporting Protocols for Food and Drink Businesses
As a result of sector-wide consultation with input from government and academia, WRAP have produced measurement and reporting protocols for F&D Scope 3 emissions. These will enable F&D businesses to take a consistent approach to Scope 3 emissions (specifically purchased goods), as well as offering guidance on organisational hotspots, judging data needs, and tracking/reporting on progress.
The Cool Food Pledge
Promoted by the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Cool Food Pledge encourages food and beverage providers to adopt a target to reduce the GHG emissions of the food they serve by 25% by 2030 relative to a 2015 baseline, in line with the Paris Agreement. The campaign provides resources for strategic planning to reduce the emissions from menus, as well as a toolkit for promoting efforts and engaging customers and employees, such as the ‘Cool Food Badge’ for climate-friendly dishes.
GHG Protocol Land Sector and Removals Guidance
In 2023 Greenhouse Gas Protocol (the standard methodology for corporate measurement of emissions) will be launching new guidance on how to measure emissions and removals from land use, land use change, biogenic products, technological CO2 removals, and related activities. It is expected that this guidance will support the reporting in the TNFD framework. Companies with significant land use emissions, or who invest in carbon removals and storage, should take note of developments. Draft guidance for pilot testing was published in September 2022.
Legislation & Disclosure
The below outlines current and upcoming legislation that may apply to your West End business. This list will be updated throughout the year as legislation changes.
Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)
Requires large UK companies to report on energy efficiency measures and plan for continuous improvement. Read more.
Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)
Requires large UK companies to publish (at a minimum) their Scope 1 and 2 emissions and report on their measures to reduce emissions. Read more.
Plastic packaging tax
A tax of £200/tonne applies to plastic packaging manufactured in, or imported into the UK, that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic. Read more.
Mandatory Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) reporting for large businesses
Listed companies, banks or insurers with more than 500 employees will be required to disclose climate-related financial risks in line with the existing TCFD standards. Read more.
Restrictions on marketing of high fat, sugar and salt products
From October 2022 the UK government will introduce media and promotional restrictions will be introduced on products high in fat, sugar and/or salt. Read more.
Green Claims code
Guidance from the Competition & Markets Authority for businesses who want to make environmental claims about goods and services.In February 2023 the Committee of Advertising Practice has released supplementary guidance to the Green Claims Code regarding on the use of carbon neutral and net zero claims in advertising. Read more.
Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) countdown
The grading criteria for buildings energy performance certificates (EPCS) is undergoing several revisions. Most relevant for the hospitality sector is that by 2030, all non-domestic rented buildings must meet EPC grade B, with EPC C by 2027 a proposed interim requirement. Read more.
Due diligence provisions to eliminate deforestation in supply chains
The Environment Act 2021 introduced measures banning the purchase of commodities that are the product of illegal deforestation. DEFRA is consulting on secondary legislation needed to enforce this law and give businesses guidance on compliance. Read more.
Eliminating single use items
The government has introduced a ban on a range of single-use plastic items including plastic plates, trays, bowls, cutlery and polystyrene foods containers. The ban will apply to retailers, takeaways, food vendors and the hospitality industry and will kick in from October 2023. Read more.
Standardisation of environmental metrics in the food and drink industry
In Autumn 2021 the Environment Agency launched a project to standardise metrics across the food and drink industry in a bid to help retailers communicate environmental performance in a like-for-like way. This follows sector-led developments to introduce a traffic light system for environmental impact. Read more.
Among developments relating to energy pricing and supply, the Energy Bill will focus on new market standards to accelerate adoption of low carbon technologies such as hydrogen fuel and heat pumps, as well as advancing industrial carbon capture and storage. Read more.
Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDRs)
Corporates will be required to disclose a range of sustainability information regarding governance, strategy, risk management, targets and metrics under the emergent Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDRs) framework. Consultation regarding this took place in 2022 and the final rules and guidance are expected in the first half of 2023. Read more.
Due diligence provisions to eliminate deforestation in supply chains
The Environment Act 2021 introduced measures banning the purchase of commodities that are the product of illegal deforestation. In 2022 DEFRA consulted on secondary legislation needed to enforce this law and give businesses guidance on compliance. The Government will publish its approach to implementing new legislation in due course. Read more.
Minimum efficiency standards for lighting
The Government has proposed new energy-efficiency standards for lighting in domestic and non-domestic properties. Performance standards would be higher than current EU legislation and would include only the most efficient LED bulbs being available in shops. If adopted, the proposals would come into force in late 2023. Read more.
EU chemical ban
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has unveiled a proposal that would ban the production, use and sale of around 10,000 per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the European Union. PFAS, often referred to as 'forever chemicals', are industrial chemicals that can take over 1000 years to degrade and are widely used in consumer products. The ECHA will invite public comment on the proposals from March 2023. Read more.
Mandatory publication of Net Zero transition plans for large businesses
From 2023 large businesses will be required to publish a net zero transition plan to 2050. The treasury has established an industry task force to oversee the development of a “gold standard” for climate transition plans, set to be finalised this summer. Read more.
Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
TCFD is a voluntary initiative to improve organisational reporting of climate-related financial risks and opportunities. TCFD reporting will become mandatory for the largest UK businesses (see above), however is increasingly requested by investors across a breadth of organisation types. Read more.
Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)
While TCFD focuses on climate-related impacts, the recently launched TNFD is a risk management and disclosure framework for organisations to report and act on nature-related risks such as biodiversity loss and other impacts to natural capital. Read more.
CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) is the global disclosure system for companies and investors to manage their environmental impacts. CDP is the gold standard for corporate environmental reporting and is fully aligned with the TCFD recommendations. Read more.