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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 innovation.

2013 Achievements

  • 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.

2014 Objectives

  • 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 24,489 litres.

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 overseas.

 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.

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