FM facing a ‘sustainability crunch’

FM facing a ‘sustainability crunch’

A NEW report by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has found an increase in barriers to implementing sustainable practise in facilities management.

The survey, carried out on 309 facilities managers, found the industry’s focus on protecting corporate reputation, legislation and a tick box mentality is ‘undermining’ the ‘true benefit’ that a holistic approach to sustainability can deliver.

However, the report found that ‘whilst respondents noted that the drivers were increasing ...

GM trial shows GM wheat no more pest-resistant than ordinary crops

GM trial shows GM wheat no more pest-resistant than ordinary crops

A NEW trial has found that a particular strain of GM wheat designed to repel aphids is no more pest resistant than ordinary crops.

The two-year, publicly-funded trial, cost nearly £3m to run. Research costs were £730,000, but a further £400,000 was spent on protective fencing, and £1.8m used to combat threats of criminal damage and vandalism.

The crop was modified to release a natural pheromone which aphids release when under attack ...

Gov must act now to protect UK from increasing costs and impacts of climate change

Gov must act now to protect UK from increasing costs and impacts of climate change

EARLY ACTION in the new Parliament is needed to preserve the fertility and organic content of soils and to counter the decline in productive farmland, the Committee on Climate Change has concluded this week. This was one of five recommendations from the committee’s latest progress report.

Fast action is needed to keep the UK’s emissions reductions on track and to adapt to climate change, the report concluded. This is because many ...

WRAP calls for ‘resource revolution’ with new 5 year plan

WRAP calls for ‘resource revolution’ with new 5 year plan

WRAP HAS unveiled its plan for the next five years which aims to create a revolution in the way that we use resources.

The charity is targetting Food and Drink; Clothing and Textiles and Electricals and Electronics as three priority areas as together, these account for:

25% of the UK’s carbon footprint 80% of the UK’s water footprint 40% of UK household waste.

With 4 Mt more food needed to feed the UK population by ...

Composting coffee capsules and 360º thinking – Lavazza’s launches sustainability strategy

Composting coffee capsules and 360º thinking – Lavazza’s launches sustainability strategy

WITH 100% compostable coffee capsules made from thistles, a doubling of investment in sustainability from €2.7million in 2012 to €5.8 million in 2014, and emissions reductions of 17% per tonne of processed coffee, the first Lavazza sustainability report is part of the coffee roasters plan to develop a ‘360 degree sustainability vision’.

Prepared accounting to Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines, and launched on the company’s 120 year anniversary, the world’s seventh ...

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Footprint Awards 2015: What the industry said….

Footprint Awards 2015: What the industry said….

WHAT DO you get when you put some chickens, an ex-rugby international and a dishwasher salesman on a podium together at an awards do? You get a tremendously funny, yet informative night, as the Footprint Awards 2015 showed.

The sustainability elite of the foodservice industry gathered together to celebrate achievements, share winning strategies, catch up with old friends and clients and make new ones, but above all, have a great time.

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Red Tractor’s CEO responds to Monbiot’s controversial views on farming this week

Red Tractor’s CEO responds to Monbiot’s controversial views on farming this week

I AM really disappointed by the article in Footprint dated 3 June “Monbiot calls to end idealised fairytale view of farming”.

Comments about the Red Tractor scheme in the Guardian blog originate in a 2011report by a welfare lobby group that was wrong at the time and is wrong and outdated today. Sadly the organisation recently recycled it into a leaflet, and George Monbiot recycled the leaflet into his Guardian ...

Is your food waste travelling further than it needs to?

Is your food waste travelling further than it needs to?

STEPH DALTON from Specialist Waste Recycling talks about recent market changes which could reduce your waste management costs.

The UK food and drink industry is definitely getting switched on to ensuring efficiency and sustainability through its waste management and recycling contracts. We are seeing more of a focus on the waste hierarchy and source segregation of waste streams than ever before, delivering cost savings and increased recycling levels as a result. ...

In training for a sustainable future…

In training for a sustainable future…

“In our industry, ‘being sustainable’ is more than an expectation. It is taken as given. However, to truly embed it in the ways of working, the concept has to be introduced and practiced at grass roots level.”

Susan Gregory, Head of Food at Nestlé Professional, talks Toque d’Or, training and embedding sustainability into kitchen practices…

Sustainability…a word that has arguably become something of a fashion statement in our industry…

But how can ...

Interview: Sustainability needs to be of paramount importance in wholesale distribution and logistics

Interview: Sustainability needs to be of paramount importance in wholesale distribution and logistics

AS FOOTPRINT’S Brand Ambassador of logistics, Simon Clifford, Business Development Director at Kuehne+Nagel gives us a candid view on responsible logistics.

We are delighted that Kuehne + Nagel is Footprint’s newly appointed Brand Ambassador for logistics. Sustainability and efficiency runs through the core of your business, tell us why?

Some may be unfamiliar with our name, but we’re one the world’s leading logistics companies. We work with customers on a global basis ...

Workplace plays key role in improving the nation’s health suggests new nutrition study

AS GOVERNMENT data confirms that obesity will cost the UK more than £27 billion by 2015, a new project conducted among employees at Gatwick Airport and published in Complete Nutrition reveals that workplace interventions really can make a positive impact on employee health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gatwick Airport conducted ...

Best Practice Film: Energy & Natural Resource In The Hospitality Sector

FOOTPRINT, SPIRIT Pub Co and Cyrus Todiwala in association with Total, Inenco, Winterhalter and Web Light look at the impacts of energy and natural resource in the pub and hospitality sectors.

 

Watch thought leadership from a large-scale operator; see for yourself the work that’s going into mitigating impacts.