Welcome to Caterer and Hotelkeeper's and CatererSearch’s Green Month.
Over the next four weeks, we will devote a proportion of our coverage to the environmental agenda and how it impacts the hospitality industry.
Each issue of Caterer will be packed with features and case studies that cover the environmental agenda; examine the challenges of going "green" for hospitality operators; unveil exclusive research; offer competitions with great prizes; and provide opinion and comment from industry leaders on what being "green" is all about.
During October, we aim to educate and inform, outline practical steps on how to become a greener business and put you in touch with agencies that help and advise.
The words “climate change” and “environment” are on everyone’s lips these days. Politicians from all parties are vying to have the “greenest” credentials.
Interest in the environment isn’t a fad either, it has moved into mainstream politics and its here to stay. Leader of the opposition David Cameron told Radio 4’s Today programme this week that the sort of Britain he wants to build is one that is “more green”.
But it’s not only politicians that are talking green the challenge is also being tackled by big business. Virgin boss Richard Branson has pledged a decade of profits from his air and rail businesses to fighting climate change and Suffolk brewer Adnams this week unveiled a new eco-friendly distribution centre that will cut energy use and carbon emissions.
But how “green” is the hospitality industry? Our exclusive Green Month survey conducted on CatererSearch shows that hospitality managers are concerned that they are not doing enough for the environment, even though nearly two thirds (62%) of them consider their company as environmentally responsible.
While some company’s have conducted energy audits and have policies in place to cut energy use and carbon emissions, others do not. One respondent told us that their business had “no energy saving plans at all”.
And our calculations show that the industry wastes over £600,000 a year in energy costs by leaving TVs on standby in hotel rooms.
So it’s fair to say that more can be done. That’s why we have dedicated the whole month to the “green” debate.
It's important that we act now and to underline Caterer's commitment we will be going carbon neutral for the month of October.
This means planting trees in Northcombe Wood, Devon to offset the carbon emissions created by producing four issues of the magazine.
• For all our Green Month coverage plus lots more visit our green zone at www.caterersearch.com/green.