The environment

Over the past 12 months, the company has complemented its policy with several initiatives, including areas around energy-efficiency, recycling, ethical working and health and safety.

The company recognises that energy consumption is unavoidable, but understands that we have a responsibility for those resources which we use and that good environmental management is an essential part of being a responsible business.

In the last year, we have continued to work with Carbon Statement to measure each pub’s carbon footprint. From March 2014, ISTA have introduced a weekly carbon emissions report for each pub, detailing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by each pub, through energy usage and waste disposal, as well as the CO2 emission reduction through recycling. We also comply with the government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme, which started in April 2010.

The company also aims to ensure that, when new pubs are developed or current ones upgraded, equipment and processes are introduced to minimise ongoing energy consumption.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
The table below show the company’s annual CO2 emissions

GHG         Emissions Unit                    Quantity
Scope 1    Tonnes CO2e                        49,251
Scope 2    Tonnes CO2e                        163,930
Intensity   Tonnes CO2e / £m Revenue  151.3

• Conversation factors for electricity and gas are those published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

• Reported data is in respect of the year ended 31 March 2014 to align to the period under which carbon emissions are reported

• Refrigerant emissions from our pub are not reported as they are not material

Sustainability – reduce, reuse, recycle
The company aims to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and other disposal sites, through a combination of packaging reduction, reusing packaging and the recycling of waste products.

The company continues to work with suppliers to reduce packaging materials brought into pubs. This leads to fewer deliveries and reduces the number of road miles required.

Where possible, unwanted equipment is transferred among pubs by our distribution fleet, so that it can be used elsewhere.

The company has a dedicated supply chain for its food, bottled drinks and non-consumable products, so that material can be returned to the company’s recycling operation, reducing the required number of road miles.

During the financial year 2013/14, the pubs segregated and returned 9,179 tonnes of waste to our distribution centre, an increase of 11% on the previous year. This included 49 tonnes of aluminium, 5,534 tonnes of cardboard and paper, 2,979 tonnes of cooking oil, 458 tonnes of plastic and 160 tonnes of steel.

A food waste recycling trial has commenced in 103 pubs.

Our supply chain
Roll cages, used to deliver products to our pubs, have been redesigned to reduce the noise created during deliveries.


Here at Wetherspoon we are always striving to improve.

If you have any ideas you would like to see at your local, please get in touch!

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