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The UK’s largest hospitality company, Whitbread, has announced new “industry leading” science-based targets, which will see the company halve their total emissions within the next seven years.

The news comes on Earth Day, making Whitbread “one of just a handful of hospitality companies worldwide to make the pledge”.

Whitbread owns such chains as Premier Inn and Costa Coffee. The announcement comes as the company collaborates with The Carbon Trust, “and the move is believed to have established Premier Inn – which operates 85,000 rooms in the UK and Germany – as the biggest hotel company in the world and first in Europe to set a SBT*, raising the benchmark for competitors across the globe”.

As the hospitality firm moves closer in line with the Paris Agreement, it has set a number of sustainability goals. These include: moving towards zero gas use in all new-build Premier Inn hotels; maintaining a commitment to renewable energy in the UK and in international operations where possible; as well as the installation of solar panels to support the use of renewable energy across Whitbread’s estate.

Whitbread Director of Sustainability James Pitcher said:

Our sustainability programme is part of the way we operate at Whitbread and helps us to ensure we always act as a force for good. All responsible businesses must recognise – and address – the impact they have not simply because it is the right thing to do, but because there is no stronger foundation for any successful business than clear values and robust ethical principles. We are delighted to confirm our latest sustainability initiative will cut our greenhouse gas emissions intensity in half and we reaffirm our commitment to constantly challenging ourselves for new ways to become even more environmentally sustainable.

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