WSH makes 100% renewable electricity pledge

Mike Hanson
15/02/2018 - 07:00
Westbury Street Holdings (WSH), the parent company of catering firms BaxterStorey and Searcys, has pledged to procure 100% of its directly purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

The company called the move proof of its commitment to furthering its goal of decarbonising the UK by reducing fossil fuel emissions.

Mike Hanson, head of sustainable business at WSH, said: “As the UK’s largest independent hospitality provider we have a responsibility to continuously develop new ways of reducing our impacts whilst maximising opportunities.

“We do this by being innovative and brave, demonstrating our commitment to making our business a sustainable business.

“WSH will initially be procuring renewable electricity sourced from suppliers, taking the form of green electricity contracts with utilities providers as current contracts expire.

“All new contracts will be sourcing renewable electricity from the outset. This commitment is an amazing step for us, one which I hope will encourage similar actions from others in our sector.”

In 2008 the UK Government passed the Climate Change Act, which sets up a framework for the UK to achieve its long-term goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to ensure steps are taken towards adapting to the impact of climate change.

The UK is legally bound to provide for 15% of its energy needs, including 30% of electricity, 12% of heat, and 10% of transport fuel, from renewable sources by 2020. On its current course, the UK will fail to achieve this target.

“Using renewable resources is a moral and business imperative for any company,” said Matthew Thomas, managing director at Searcys. “We recognise the responsibility that we have in making a positive impact on our community and the environment.

“Our company pledges fully support this belief. We are committed to sourcing the best ingredients we can, adhering to all sustainable business practices, including procuring electricity from renewable sources, as well as recruiting and retaining the best industry professionals.”

Ben Warner, founder of WSH-owned catering company, Benugo, added: “We welcome this exciting innovation as it illustrates our commitment to reducing our overall impact wherever possible.”

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