Since the landmark IPCC report and the Paris Agreement* emissions should be reduced as soon as possible and reach net-zero by the middle of the 21st century. To stay below 1.5°C of global warming, emissions need to be cut by roughly 50% by 2030.
The UK government is committed to being net-zero by 2050. There’s pressure on businesses to reduce their carbon footprint.
There is now growing demand from consumers; Millennials and Gen Z’s especially are demanding businesses address climate change. An overwhelming majority of individuals will happily pay more for products and services that are kind to the environment and don't deplete natural resources, or negatively affect the lives of people or wildlife.
Your business benefitsfrom minimising waste and energy usage. It's not only good for the environment, but it also helps cut operating costs.
Here's a list of green goals that are important and should be on top of your priority list for this year.
Reduce your Carbon Footprint
Evaluating Energy Usage
Determining and measuring how your business uses energy can be a big piece of work, however, it is the only way to gain a clear understanding of energy usage whilst allowing you to identify areas for improvement. A great place to start is, identify the area of your hotel in which the most energy is being used. Are there ways to reduce energy use in that area without negatively affecting the guest experience? It is important to routinely evaluate energy use, and continually seek out new energy-saving and renewable energy practices as technologies innovate, improve efficiency, build a sustainable brand image, and ultimately cut costs.
Further ways to reduce your businesses carbon footprint would be:
reduce food waste
minimise carbon miles by sourcing local and in-season produce
eliminate single-use plastics
offer natural and organic products that do not harm the health of people and the planet
work towards building a sustainable culture.
Educating your employees is important. Sustainability in business requires a group effort. Raising awareness about sustainable practices should play a part in recruitment and training.
Inspire the people in your organisation to embrace sustainability as they work together towards making improvements and meeting expectations.
It's best practice to have open communication
Lead by example
Provide clear goal setting
Care about your people's wellbeing
Be open to new ideas.
How procurement plays an important role in your sustainable business strategy
It is important to know how and where your products are manufactured as well as how they are packaged and transported. Knowing your supply chain and the practices of the supply chain of your suppliers can be time-consuming!
Beyond Bamboo is a next-generation sustainability platform transforming the hospitality industry to one that is more planet-conscious. Our rigorous quality assurance system is transforming businesses worldwide into “beyond” sustainable ones. We offer a bespoke responsible sourcing service with the largest range of planet-conscious products in the world. We will work with you to ensure your supply chain is as ethical and sustainable as possible so that you can concentrate on making your business flourish.