MP takes sustainability tour at Premier Inn

In a trip hosted by the Carbon Trust and Whitbread, MP Dan Rogerson recently toured Premier Inn Bodmin and took-in the chain's progress on sustainability issues.

He met people from the hotel chain and toured the location, with staff showing him recycling facilities and team engagement techniques, and telling him about how Whitbread had gained a prestigious Carbon Trust Standard.

The tour took place January 17th and at the same event, the Carbon Trust's Darran Messem gave a triple award to the team from Whitbread.

The company is one of just three globally that has gained Carbon Trust Standard certification for reducing waste, carbon and water.

On January 17th, Whitbread and Carbon Trust representatives told Mr Rogerson about the programme of sustainability that is underway across Whitbread brands.

“We are delighted to receive this award from the Carbon Trust. It is a recognition of our achievements in reducing carbon, water and waste under our 'Good Together' corporate responsibility programme," explained Whitbread head of energy and environment, Chris George.

"We have set ourselves clear targets for reducing our waste, water and energy consumption.  Last year alone, Whitbread reduced its water consumption by over 12 per cent and diverted over 93 per cent of its waste from being sent to landfill. These figures show significant progress across all our hotels, restaurants and coffee shops and we are committed to continuing that momentum."

He also said that at Whitbread the team is continually challenging itself to increase sustainability.

It has the aim of showing that large companies are able to be responsible in this way and make a positive difference, he added: The newly presented award is reflective of Whitbread's achievements up to this point and it is planning to continue to improve its programme.

During Mr Rogerson's visit, he was told by Premier Inn cluster general manager for Cornwall Carmela Rustico about the chain's Good Together engagement initiative Switch it Off.

She also told him about Whitbread's targets for recruitment, including a five year target to create 8,000 new jobs.

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