Environmental responsibility

The BBPA and its members are serious about addressing any issues that have an adverse effect on our environment. We work on a range of areas to improve efficiencies and to help ensure a sustainable future for all.

  • BBPA supports Government action on plastic waste

    03 December 2018

    The British Beer & Pub Association has today supported Government action to ban plastic straws and stirrers. A ban would build on voluntary initiatives by the pub sector to remove plastic straws and stirrers. Voluntary initiatives to reduce and remove plastic straws from the pub sector have so far been extremely successful, they have highlighted the potential benefits of the removal of plastic straws and reflected consumer demand for this outcome. BBPA members have driven voluntary initiatives to find plastic straw alternatives, from practical initiatives such as only offering plastic straws on an ‘on-demand’ basis, to the development of straws made from seashells. Along with other industry bodies and in particular the British Institute of Innkeeping, the BBPA has supported the Last Straw campaign, to reduce the numbers of plastic straws used in pubs across the country. To ensure consistency, the BBPA believes a plastic straw ban should be applied across the food and drink sector (both in retail and hospitality) and cover all types of plastic straws, including compostable and biodegradable plastic straws. However, the BBPA has argued that groups with accessibility needs must be able to access plastic straws. These should not only be available in pharmacies, but also hospitality outlets so that those with accessibility needs can continue to enjoy the use of pubs as much as everybody else. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, said:   “It is important we all do our bit to reduce plastic waste and that is why we welcome the Government’s proposals to ban plastic straws and stirrers. To help pubs reduce their plastic waste we have already produced guidancefor licensees as well.”

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  • BBPA welcomes UK’s first carbon capture project, turning dirty fumes into delightful beer

    29 November 2018

    The British Beer & Pub Association has welcomed Government plans for the UK’s first carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) project, creating the ability to turn dirty fumes into delightful beer. The plans are in part a result of the BBPA calling for the Government to put a stop to the CO2 shortages experienced this summer, which affected some of the brewing and pub sector during the World Cup. Commenting on the announcement of the carbon capture project, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, said:   “The BBPA has been working with the wider food and drink sector to look at the CO2 shortages we experienced over the summer. Given the demand for CO2 from a range of industries in the UK and the current state of the supply chain to provide it, there is a very real danger that such shortages could happen again. “We therefore welcome this Government investment for the capture of CO2. It will allow us to turn dirty fumes into delightful beer, ensuring CO2 shortages don’t affect the beer and pub industry in the future. Time is of the essence of course, so we need this new technology and investment as soon as possible.” ENDS   For further information, please contact: Nick Lawrie, Digital Communications Manager: 020 7627 9156/ 07824 359 013 David Wilson, Director of Public Affairs: 020 7627 9151/ 07557 405 815 Adam Beazley, Communications & Campaigns Officer: 020 7627 9155 / 07507 836 708   Notes to editors: The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.

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