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15th August 2023

BII announce partnership with Zero Carbon Forum

Helping pub teams to drive sustainable change

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has partnered with Zero Carbon Forum to support pubs on their sustainability journey as part of the BII’s recently launched Sustainability Champion Award.

The Award recognises and celebrates the pub sector’s outstanding commitment to sustainability and the environment, supported by Sky Business. The forum, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping Hospitality and Brewing reach net zero at pace, will be providing BII members with access to the Carbon Calculator and toolkit.

The Carbon Calculator and toolkit was developed with funding from the forum, Sky, UKH, BBPA and Brewer’s Company. It enables hospitality operators and brewers to calculate their carbon footprint and identify achievable key actions to reduce emissions whilst improving efficiency and sustainability.

Mark Chapman, CEO and Founder of the Zero Carbon Forum said: “It’s fantastic to see the BII launch this important award, recognising the work pubs are already doing to implement sustainable practices across their businesses.

“The extreme temperatures we’re experiencing highlights that the effects of climate change are happening now. Rapid reductions in carbon emissions are critical to maintaining a habitable planet and as food and drink creates over a third of emissions, our customers and employees expect us to take action.  We are delighted to be supporting the BII to help their members measure their climate impact and take immediate action to build more resilient and efficient businesses through accessing the carbon calculator and toolkit.

“We also welcome any BII members who want to join the forum to go further through setting net zero targets and accessing all the support they need to get there with individual and collaborative initiatives. We are committed to supporting the industry and every business in it to take action to improve efficiency and resilience on the journey to net zero and a more sustainable future for all.”

Steve Alton, BII CEO, commented: “We are delighted to have the support from Mark and the whole team at Zero Carbon Forum, providing our members with access to invaluable resources to enable them to deliver sustainable practices and reduce their carbon footprint.

“Our members recognise the huge importance of building a sustainable future, with many already having made positive changes in their businesses, this additional support will help them to further evolve their approach.”

The Sustainability Champion Award will be presented to deserving pubs and their teams, that have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, and dedication in implementing sustainable practices. This includes initiatives related to energy conservation, waste reduction, responsible sourcing and community engagement.

BII members can access the Zero Carbon Forum Carbon Calculator via their website here.


About  Zero Carbon Forum

Zero Carbon Forum is a non-profit organisation which builds on 10 years of carbon reduction collaboration in the UK’s hospitality and Brewing sector. It enables members to reach their decarbonisation targets faster, more efficiently and more cost effectively than acting alone.

Members pledge to work collaboratively, by sharing carbon reduction plans and initiatives. By combining expertise and resources the forum helps to identify all possible actions to decarbonise operations across tens of thousands of outlets and their supply chains.

In October 2021 Zero Carbon Forum published its publicly available roadmap for hospitality to achieve net zero carbon, followed by the launch of its Save While You Sleep programme, a simple and impactful two-stage ‘10-minute’ shutdown process, combined with analytics from members’ energy smart meters to achieve substantial cost reductions and reduce emissions.

In April 2022 the forum launched a Carbon Calculator and Toolkit, developed in collaboration with UKHospitality, BBPA, and powered by Sky, which enables hospitality operators and brewers to calculate their carbon footprint and identify achievable key actions to reduce emissions. In July 2023 the forum announced the launch of Marketplace, a ‘first of its kind’ new services directory designed to connect innovative supply chain businesses with brewing and hospitality operators to help them reach net zero faster.

The forum also hosts sector focused Action Groups which enables members to act, drive impact, and reach net zero targets faster and more efficiently all while saving vital costs.

Zero Carbon Forum is endorsed by government and backed by trade associations UK Hospitality and the British Beer and Pub Association. In 2023 it was the winner of the Foodservice Footprint Energy Efficiency Award for Save While You Sleep.

Members include leading UK and global hospitality organisations including Adnams, Azzurri Group, Bluestone Resorts, Bone Daddy’s, Boparan Restaurants, Brewdog, Burger King UK, Côte Restaurant Group, Everard’s Brewery, Fuller’s, Glendola Leisure, Greene King, Hall & Woodhouse, Honest Burgers, Imperial Hotels London, InterContinental Hotels (IHG) Hotels & Resorts, JD Wetherspoon, KFC, Marston’s PLC,  Marugame Udon (Europe) Ltd, McDonald’s UK and Ireland, McMullen’s Brewery,  Mercato Metropolitano Ltd, Mitchells & Butlers PLC (MAB), Mowgli Street Food, Nando’s UK and IRE, Nightcap PLC, Pig’s Head, Clapham, Pizza Express, Pizza Hut Restaurants UK, PPHE Hotel Group, Punch Pubs Group Ltd ,Revolution Bars, Rare Restaurants, Riley’s, Robinsons, Shepherd-Neame Ltd, St. Austell, State of Play, Stonegate, The Lowry, The Restaurant Group (including Wagamama), Wadworth Brewery, Where The Pancakes Are, Whitbread PLC, WSH, and Young & Co. Brewery, PLC.

About the British Institute of Innkeeping:

The BII is the leading independent licensee support organisation for individuals working in hospitality, with 10,000 individual members running premises across the UK – predominantly tenanted, leased, managed and freehold pubs. The organisation provides expert helplines, online business support, and guidance on key industry issues, and savings on a range of supply deals for its members, keeping pubs thriving in the heart of every community.

For further information please contact:

Molly Davis

Head of Communications

Mob: 07539 377752



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