Hotel Companies in UK are Stepping Up Their Sustainability Efforts Following COP26

Published on: 12 August 2022
by KnowESG
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According to a Nespresso Professional study, the majority of UK hospitality firms have made sustainability a higher priority in 2022, with 84% having taken at least one measure to enhance their environmental impact since the worldwide COP26 climate meeting in November 2021.

According to a poll of 1,000 UK industry executives, the most common action taken by firms after the conference is expanding recycling procedures or, in some cases, implementing a recycling system for the first time.

More than a quarter of UK hospitality organisations have already begun to create a business-wide sustainability strategy, with 58% aiming for B Corp certification.

Although 72% plan to prioritise environmental sustainability even more in the coming year, most respondents voiced heightened concern about growing product prices, particularly for products labelled as more sustainable.

Beth Langley, Commercial Director, B2B, Nespresso UK, said:

"It is really encouraging to see the continual uptake and engagement with sustainability initiatives across the hospitality industry, and while it’s clear that businesses are facing considerable challenges, leaders within the sector are determined to do the right thing."

Following the halt of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nespresso Professional findings reflect the broader restoration of sustainability to the hospitality agenda.

In an October 2021 poll conducted by World Coffee Portal and UK Coffee Week, 69% of industry leaders interviewed stated that the sustainability of coffee supply chains was a significant aspect when making a coffee shop purchase.

However, illustrating the business dilemma that many operators face when implementing sustainability efforts, 54% of industry professionals polled agreed that doing so comes at the loss of profitability.

Source: World Coffee Portal

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