Climate change

Changing the eating habits of students and workers for the better one dish at a time

By Tom Tanner The 18th of October marks a significant date. It saw the start, or more accurately, the re-start, of what promises to be one of the most insightful projects the SRA has ever been involved in. SU-Eatable Life, funded by the European Commission’s LIFE fund, and designed and delivered in the UK, to …

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Net zero for restaurants just got a whole lot easier

By Tom Tanner With world leaders set to descend on Glasgow next month, a news agenda already teeming with stories about the climate crisis will, so long as there is petrol in those pumps, be absolutely dominated by the Conference of the Parties 26 (COP) come the start of November. As you read, watch and …

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How hospitality proves its purpose through the pandemic and beyond

By Tom Tanner, SRA With restaurants now firmly re-open and operating at something like full capacity again, it’s time to shift our focus back from one threatening big C to another. While Covid has dominated plans for the last 16 months, climate change is no passing threat. The findings of the recent Purpose Survey we …

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The National Food Strategy and what it means for hospitality

So, you spotted that the National Food Strategy was published in the height of the summer and, like many, bookmarked the link and told yourself you’d read it on a day off or holiday if you’ve managed to squeeze one in. Like many, again, perhaps life has got in the way and you haven’t had the chance …

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How making coffee for good proved an award winning formula

By Natalie Lobel, Founder of Grounded MCR Sustainability – a word often bandied around by people who’ve ticked the right boxes in their business plan and left it at that! For us, it meant creating a business that is sustainable in all senses of the word – doing our bit to tackle the climate crisis …

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Why is energy flexibility important?

By James Sampson, Inspired Energy New research by the Carbon Trust has revealed that a fully flexible energy system could cut the cost of the UK reaching net zero by £16.7bn by 2050   Ofgem defines flexibility as, “modifying generation and/or consumption patterns in reaction to an external signal (such as a change in price) to …

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How climate-anxiety can fuel climate-action

By Lucia Perasso, The Sustainable Restaurant Association A couple of weeks ago the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C. The report followed what has been yet another season of climate disasters in Europe, including floods and wildfires to mention a few. As the news was out, on Wednesday of the same week, a small town near Syracuse, …

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In response to the IPCC

By Juliane Caillouette-Noble, The Sustainable Restaurant Association You likely will have seen the IPCC report that was published last week, or at least the associated media coverage. Even without the publication of the report, global climate news over the past few weeks has been impossible to ignore. Fires across Turkey, Greece and America, record high temperatures in Sicily and in Spain, flooding in Europe …

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The National Food Strategy and the role suppliers have to play in achieving Dimbleby’s reshaped food system

By Natalia Spinetto, Purchasing & Producer Partnerships at Collectiv Food As Henry Dimbleby so succinctly puts in Part 2 of his National Food Strategy, released last week, ‘The UK has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape the food system’. I couldn’t agree more, although the publication was frustratingly dominated by Boris’s immediate dismissal of proposed sugar …

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Catering to the greener stomachs of the event industry

By Ellie Ashton-Melia Sustainability – Where to start?  One of the biggest challenges faced by event businesses big and small is trying to translate good intentions into transformative actions. Businesses are starting to make Net Zero and Circular Economy commitments to achieve global ambitions of keeping the planet within a 1.5-degree threshold. This stands true …

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