Guinness Helping Pubs To Be More Sustainable
The Sustainable Pub toolkit from Guinness, in partnership with SustainabilityWorks, focuses on the Irish hospitality sector’s social and environmental challenges. It features a guide for how pubs can integrate sustainability into their business operations across ten key pathways, including energy, waste and water, to community, employee wellbeing and inclusion.
Research conducted by Guinness and SustainabilityWorks revealed 58% of publicans surveyed have a basic knowledge of environmental issues. The online interactive toolkit, includes content, insights and recommended actions gathered from research and engagements with 342 publicans across the Island of Ireland.
Diageo Ireland’s Managing Director Barry O’Sullivan said: ‘Pubs are central to Irish culture and communities across the country. All the big and small actions can make an impact, such as prioritising how we manage our waste, to the use of renewable energy sources. Sustainability is a challenge for everyone, and we hope this toolkit will help to support publicans as they continue to make more sustainable choices in the day to day running of their businesses. At Diageo we have stretching ESG commitments, and we want to support our customers on their own sustainability journey.’
John Byrne, co-owner of the Beach House in Greystones, Co Wicklow, said: ‘Our sector has been through huge challenges, and it’s been proven time and again that greater collaboration across the hospitality industry can benefit everyone. This toolkit is a simple and effective resource to help the Irish hospitality sector to make smart choices and implement sustainable ideas on our journey towards becoming more environmentally friendly.’
Aideen O’Hora, co-founder of SustainabilityWorks, said:‘At a time when environmental and social issues are impacting businesses of all sizes, we’re delighted to be working with Guinness to support the hospitality industry to become more sustainable. This toolkit contains accessible information with tangible outcomes that can help every pub implement change for both their business, their people and the planet.’
Each month, Guinness will upload content via its digital customer portal on the 10 pathways which includes Energy: Water; Waste; Transport; Local Sourcing; Community; Talent; Inclusion, Employee Wellbeing; and Customer Connections. The first pathway is Energy, which includes insights, advice and recommendations from training staff on energy saving, to energy audits and energy efficient equipment. This builds on the Guinness and Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland partnership announced in December 2022 to create awareness of supports available to the hospitality industry, to reduce its energy bills and carbon footprint.
Publicans can visit Diageo One to register and receive monthly updates from The Sustainable Pub toolkit from Guinness (Please ensure your Diageo One location is set to IE. You will then be able to find the Sustainability Toolkit on the main menu)
Featured image: John Byrne, co-owner of the Beach House in Greystones, Co Wicklow