Greene King to accelerate its sustainability progress by joining Innovation Gateway

- Press Release

In what is a first of its kind in the hospitality industry, Greene King, the UK’s leading managed pub company and brewer, will be partnering with the Innovation Gateway to build upon its progress in reducing the carbon footprint, energy use and waste generation of its buildings.

It joins the likes of retailer Tesco, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Heathrow Airport, Nottingham City Council and more.

The partnership will enable Greene King to unlock insights from diverse industry sectors towards the next breakthrough innovations, across its 1750 pubs, restaurants and hotels. 

Greene King is passionate about sustainability and because of this, operates a progressive programme that diverts 98.6% of waste from landfill. 

It has introduced industry leading initiatives including the removal of single use straws and using compostable PLA straws across its entire UK estate of pubs. The pub company and brewer also runs a closed loop solution whereby its waste recycling solution avoids landfill with 12 commodities backhauled via its supply chain.

By working closely with the Innovation Gateway Partners, the pub group hopes to find innovative and sustainable solutions to accelerate its progress and improve the overall energy, waste and water efficiency in its properties.

Its water strategy is one example of Greene King implementing innovative ways to investigating water leaks across the buildings with a water consumption saving equivalent of 676,000 pints every day.

It will now be able to benefit from the collaboration with Innovation Gateway’s diverse sector partners.

Gavin Worthington, Senior Purchasing Manager at Greene King, said: “As a responsible retailer with a focus on sustainability, joining the Innovation Gateway is a natural fit for us.

“We look forward to working alongside like-minded partners to solve common challenges; finding innovative solutions that help us to further develop our sustainability commitments.”  

So far, the platform has sourced over 700 targeted innovations from around the world to address partners’ challenges. Partners have identified savings of millions of pounds per year, and substantial reductions in CO2 and water from innovations sourced and piloted through the programme.

Colin Turner, Managing Director at Innovation Gateway, concluded: “We are delighted to have Greene King be our first hospitality organisation to join the Innovation Gateway partnership.  Greene King’s impressive track record and its tremendous depth of experience will bring completely new perspectives to the partner group.”

About Greene King:

  • Greene King was founded in 1799 and is headquartered in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. It currently employs around 39,000 people across its main trading businesses; Pub Company, Pub Partners and Brewing & Brands.
  • It operates c. 2,900 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland, of which c. 1,750 are retail pubs, restaurants and hotels, and c. 1,150 are tenanted, leased and franchised pubs. Its leading retail brands and formats include Hungry Horse, Farmhouse Inns, Chef & Brewer and the Greene King Local Pubs estate.
  • Greene King also brews quality ale brands from its Bury St. Edmunds and Dunbar breweries. Its industry leading portfolio includes Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale and Belhaven Best.