We previously focused on methods of mitigating and minimising waste here. This week we are going to focus on energy consumption in relation to the hospitality supply chain.
How a Hospitality organisation uses renewable energy is dependent on the surrounding settings. If they were on top of a hill, they would likely be able to use wind turbines. If it were a coastal restaurant, tidal power would be suitable. If they were somewhere outside of England where there is a chance of sun, solar panels could be the way forward. Therefore, if you are positioned right in the middle of an urban environment in the UK, you are likely going to find it hard to find a conventional renewable energy solution. You could try to get creative with some human-size hamster wheels hooked up to a generator in the basement, but in London, it would still be hard to find the space! There are some utility companies that are working towards finding carbon neutral solutions, which we have no doubt is turning the heads of the big companies! However, before you make the effort to switch providers, we thought it would be good to focus on ideas to conserve energy.
We will start with some of the free ideas. Straightforward initiatives include switching off the lights, using energy-saving light bulbs and ensuring that there are recycling bins. As simple as these are, is something that with a tiny bit of human error can create a big deficit (environmentally and on the business’ wallet!). There are other ideas that can be brought forward, such as bag sharing schemes at the office (to mitigate having to buy 5p plastic bags – which should cost a few £s as far as we can see!!) and using equipment like computers, pots and pans and furniture up until breaking point. If you are a bar, pub or restaurant, avoiding the use of any plastic products (paper straws are now everywhere!) has become a demand of many customers, and is something that can actually influence if they are willing to give you their custom. For staff and customer laundry, linen reuse cards have become more popular to avoid unnecessary uses of the washing machine.
Some of the ones that will require some structural changes include using digital thermostats and implementing motion sensors in rooms that are used sporadically. In addition to this, embracing software in a conventional hospitality organisation can create business efficiencies, allow the business to get the most for their money and reduce the impact that they have on the environment. Centralising processes can give transparency, visibility and provide more data for analysis on the organisation. We are supportive of eliminating the carbon footprint within the hospitality sector. The first step to doing so starts with making small changes like a lights off policy illustrated above. This can then escalate to slightly bigger things like changing to a new energy provider and committing to adopting new systems to make your company more efficient. If you would like to discuss this further, please get in touch.