Energy efficiency programme extends to contract caterers

08 March 2004
Energy efficiency programme extends to contract caterers

Hospitable Climates, the HCIMA's Government-backed energy efficiency programme, has been extended to contract caterers and restaurants.

The scheme, which aims to reduce energy consumption in the hospitality industry by 20-40%, is being backed by Prime Minister Tony Blair and the UK's two largest caterers, Compass Group and Sodexho.

It was launched to the hotel sector in 2000 and extended to pubs and retail outlets last year. Philippe Rossiter, chief executive of the HCIMA, said at the launch at Hotelympia last week that extending the scheme to restaurants and caterers meant that the whole industry now had access to a free advisory service to help cut energy consumption.

He added that the programme had already saved nearly 4,000 participating hospitality organisations £14m in their energy bills, and was making a significant contribution to reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

Sodexho plans to implement the pilot scheme at four sites across the UK - Toyota in Surrey, Wellington College in Berkshire, Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, and Ulster Television in Belfast.

Compass said it had been running a pilot energy efficiency programme at three UK sites where the results could be monitored - the Moto Service Station at Toddington, and the Manchester and Belfast City airports.

If you want to sign up to Hospitable Climates, contact Rosemary Morrison at the HCIMA on 020 8661 4932.

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