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Chains form ‘zero carbon' collective

All businesses involved have agreed to share carbon reduction plans and initiatives.

Major restaurant operators including Burger King, Nando’s, and The Restaurant Group have joined forces to establish the Zero Carbon Forum, intended to identify the quickest and most cost effective reduction path to net zero emissions.

The collective is facked by trade bodies UKHospitality and the British Beer & Pub Association, and endorsed by the government.

Founding members also include Pizza Hut Restaurants, Revolution Bars and Fuller’s. An initial 18 companies have come together as founders, with membership set to grow throughout 2021.

All businesses involved have agreed to share carbon reduction plans and initiatives, combine expertise and resources, and to identify all possible actions to decarbonise operations across tens of thousands of outlets and supply chains.

The Forum is expected to publish a roadmap to achieve net zero carbon by September 2021, ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in November next year.

“Our goal is for hospitality to achieve net zero faster, together,” says founder and CEO of the Zero Carbon Forum, Mark Champman. “The window of opportunity to avert climate change disaster is closing fast and we must focus on reducing emissions and a path to net zero.”

“We are already working on a number of collaborative decarbonisation initiatives with the backing of CEOs from the biggest brands and have engaged the support of leading sustainability experts to ensure the sector can quicken the pace of transition to a net zero economy,” he added.

“Cutting carbon emissions also cuts business costs so our solutions to tackling the climate crisis will help us bounce back more strongly from the pandemic.”

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