Greening the Supply Chain
We aim to develop strong relationships with our suppliers to
help ensure that supplies of goods and services used in our
business are sustainable, local where viable, and that we continue
to obtain the best value in terms of cost, quality, service and
- We have beaten our 2013 target of 20,000 litres of waste oil to
be collected by 22%. This is a fantastic achievement and we are
proud of our efforts to be greener by having our used cooking oil
collected - see our case study below.
- Our target in 2014 is to have at least 26,000 litres of waste
oil collected from our sites, which represents a 6.2% increase on
our achievements in 2013.
Cooking Oil Case Study
QHotels works with '3663', to ensure that used cooking oil from
the 21 hotels is used to help produce bio diesel, which in turn
fuels deliveries to QHotels sites. With the help of QHotels
contribution 92% of the 3663 fleet now runs on bio diesel and
travels over 24 million miles (38,967,806 KMs) a year on this
sustainable fuel out of total 26.1million miles travelled. With
every 1000 litres of waste oil recycled in the scheme giving a
carbon saving of over 2 tonnes, we are actively reducing their
impact on the environment, cutting down on emissions and recycling
a waste product at the same time. Our waste oil collection figures
for 2013 so far are the following:
- Jan 2013 - 1,649 litres
- Feb 2013 - 1,558 litres
- March - 1,431 litres
- April - 1,978 litres
- May - 2,526 litres
- June - 2,057 litres
- July - 2,475
- August - 1,857
- September - 2,745
- October - 2,119
- November - 1,924
- December - 2,170 litres
Our target for the year is 20,000 litres and we are delighted to
say we have beaten this by 22%, with the final total coming in at
Food Waste Case Study
Throughout the last year, QHotels in partnership with Biffa has
introduced food waste into 16 hotels. The food waste is taken for
Anaerobic Digestion, where the waste is converted into energy.
In the UK, up to 18 million tonnes of food waste is sent to
landfill each year, which causes considerable damage to the
environment. Food waste, when disposed of in landfills, can produce
large quantities of methane gas, which contributes to global
warming as a greenhouse gas.
By using anaerobic digestion to recycle the food waste, the
methane is captured and clean energy can then be generated, helping
to protect the environment. By capturing the biogas from just a
single tonne of food waste, emissions of up to 1 tonne of carbon
dioxide equivalent can be avoided.
Producing 100% renewable energy from our biodegradable waste
helps tackle climate change, instead of contributing to climate
change through land filling and incineration.
So far in 2013 our recycling ratios have been:
- 55% Jan
- 54% Feb
- 61% March
- 60% April
- 69% May.
- 72% June
- 75% July
- 70% August
- 73% September
- 79% October
- 76% November
Our group target is 61%, which we are currently keeping ahead of
at 68% with just December's results to come out. That means we are
set to beat our target which we are very proud of and we look
forward to setting our 2014 targets. We are also aiming for fewer
than 5 tonnes of landfill per site, per month, which currently all
but 3 of our sites are achieving.
Water Wells Case Study
QHotels have agreed to have 14 Sela V Sytems installed in our
hotels which enable the charity Pump Aid to install 14 " Elephant
Pumps " in these Third World countries, showing that not only do
QHotels care about our Corporate and Social Responsibility and
Environmental Policies in the UK, but that we also extend this
The pumps are simple in design and can be maintained by the
beneficiaries themselves. They are made from local materials, and
are enclosed in a brick housing so that contamination is avoided.
Not only do the pumps provide clean drinking water they are also
used to irrigate crops during the dry season. Wells can be dug to a
depth of 30 metres, extracting 60 litres of water per minute.
Schools are being prioritized for assistance, as one pump
can provide clean water for more than 500 children, their teachers
and a number of local families. The current situation in schools is
particularly acute and some are being closed down due to poor water
supply. The AIDS pandemic in Africa heightens the need for clean
water for families affected by HIV and for children ( mostly AIDS
orphans ) at the growing number of orphanages.
To date Pump Aid have with AquAid been able to supply more
than 1 million people with water. This will mean that 1/3 of the
total combined population of Zimbabwe and Mozambique will have
access to clean drinking water thanks to Pump Aid, AquAid and
therefore our customers.
For more information please go to both www.pumpaid.org