Whitbread hits 2020 carbon targets with three years to spare, cuts electricity consumption


Food, drink and hospitality giant Whitbread has hit 2020 carbon reduction targets with three years to spare.

Publishing copies of its annual report this morning, the firm, which owns Costa Coffee, Premier Inn, Beefeater and Brewer’s Fayre, said it had also reduced electricity consumption in the year to April 2017 by a further three per cent. It aims to reduce consumption by one percent this financial year, although the company said that drive will no longer be incentivised.

Earlier this month Whitbread confirmed it now sources all of its UK power from renewable sources. The company said it has also installed solar PV on rooftops of more than 90 Premier Inn hotels.

“This year we are pleased to have achieved our 2020 carbon reduction target. We will be working to reset our environmental targets early in 2017/18, continuing our commitment to reduce our environmental impact,” the company stated.

“UK electricity generation has become more efficient in 2016/17, reducing emissions per kWh generated. This improvement and our continued investment in efficiency has enabled us to reduce our emissions beyond our 15% 2020 target. During the year we continued our programme of annual capital investment to reduce our energy consumption.”

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