Revolution Bars Group has been awarded the Gold Standard for Environmental Best Practice by The Green Organisation, the international environmental group dedicated to rewarding and promoting environmental best practice globally. The award, which was announced on July 19th this year, represents a major milestone for Revolution Bars Group in its vision to become the UK’s first bar group to achieve Net Zero by 2030. The Award is in recognition of Revolution Bars Group’s achievement in significantly reducing its carbon footprint.
Since 2017, Revolution Bars Group has delivered an impressive 19% reduction in energy usage – equivalent to a total comparative saving of 4.9 million kWh or a saving of 1430 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), the equivalent of 3.6 million miles driven by a normal passenger vehicle. In partnership with Net Zero consultancy, Energise, the energy savings were achieved across both Scope 1 and 2 emissions – or the Purchased Energy emissions which are under the organisation’s control – and notably include the move to a certified green energy provider and the retrofitting of new, energy efficient lighting and control technologies to minimise energy consumption.
“Our commitment to environmental best practice is central to our long-term business strategy and this award validates our commitment to sustainable practices”, said Rob Pitcher, CEO Revolution Bars Group. “There is no planet ‘B’ and at Revolution Bars Group we are 100% committed to doing our bit to ensure we minimise our impact on the environment and achieve Net Zero before 2030.”
Revolution Bars Group has also introduced its “Zero Hero” programme, a grass roots initiative to ensure employee engagement in sustainability efforts beyond head office. A sustainability “champion” is appointed from each location and is tasked with driving greener operations within their bar which includes everything from recycling to working collaboratively with suppliers to encourage change across the supply chain.
“It gives me great pride working towards our sustainability goals at Revolution Bars Group,” said Brett Johnson, Zero Hero at Revolucion de Cuba, Birmingham. “Climate change is a massive issue that’s not going to be solved overnight, but it’s a huge positive for me that the company has taken the initiative and become one of the first big Bar operators to commit to sustainability targets. Hopefully many others will follow suit.”
Revolution Bars Group has recently committed to Science Based Targets as part of its commitment to the next phase of its sustainability strategy – and is the only Bar group within the hospitality sector to have done so to date. Revolution Bars Group has started reporting its Scope 3 emissions– or those emissions across their value chain which are not directly under their control, but can still contribute to its carbon footprint. These emissions will be included within their Science Based Target, which has been committed to as of Thursday 29th July.
“As a founding member of the Zero Carbon Forum I’m delighted Revolution Bars Group have set a science based target to reach net zero by 2030,” said Mark Chapman, Founder of Zero Carbon Forum. Equally importantly they have already taken a range of actions to reduce carbon now including nominating sustainability champions in every site to reduce energy use and waste and are sharing the learnings with fellow forum members. We look forward to helping Revolution Bars Group achieve zero carbon at pace through our collaborative reduction initiatives.”
Revolution Bars Group will also be working with Energise to identify high-quality, internationally recognised environmental projects which also deliver social benefits to offset any remaining emissions across its value chain.