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Nearly 5,000 hospitality venues now using carbon calculators

Trade body UKHospitality revealed at its annual environmental sustainability seminar that 4,738 hospitality venues are now using its carbon calculators.

The seminar provided an overview of the hospitality industry’s efforts to become more sustainable

The calculators were created in partnership with Sky Zero and Zero Carbon Forum, and are designed to help businesses track their carbon footprints and identify steps to reduce them.

Speaking at the seminar in London on 11 October, chief executive at UKHospitality Kate Nicholls said: “Understanding your carbon footprint is the first step for any business to begin to reduce its emissions.

“Being able to offer a starting point that businesses can trust – that is reliable and relevant for their sector – is so important and has clearly contributed to the success so far of our carbon calculator.

“Working with expert partners like the Zero Carbon Forum and Sky Zero only enhances our offering to hospitality businesses and I’d like to thank them for their continued support.”

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Chief executive at UKHospitality, Kate Nicholls

As it progresses towards its target of helping the sector become net zero by 2040, UKHospitality also provided an update on its publication of its sustainability commitments, which launched last year. The update included important work done with the government to improve upcoming regulations to best work for the sector, and embedding sustainability into new training programmes.

The day’s agenda also saw a number of hospitality ‘trailblazers’ speak and answer questions about what they’re doing to operate in a more eco-friendly way. Collaborative work throughout the supply chain was also discussed, as were initiatives for the future.

“This seminar is all about showcasing the fantastic work that is already happening across hospitality and providing the sector with expert insight and advice on what they should be thinking about next in their net zero work,” Nicholls added.

“I’m pleased that we’ve been able to set all that out in one broad update and that work will remain one of our key priorities in the years ahead.”

Recently, UKHospitality urged the government to freeze business rates to help the on-trade avoid a £846 million (US$1.03bn) bill next April.

UKHospitality’s carbon calculator can be accessed on The Zero Carbon Forum website (

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