The Savoy to turn food waste into energy

by Published Sat 18 Apr 2009 11:21
London's leading hotel plans to turn restaurant waste into renewable energy
London's leading hotel plans to turn restaurant waste into renewable energy

London’s Savoy Hotel has announced plans to turn its food waste into renewable energy.

The scheme will generate enough power to power 10% of its guest rooms following an extensive £100million refurbishment programme.

Simpson’s-in-the-Strand - The Savoy’s restaurant - will be using the recycling process during the refurbishment.

The Savoy's sustainability chief Debra Patterson said: “We’re working hard to ensure that when The Savoy reopens it will be the most environmentally responsible hotel in London. Finding a sustainable solution for our waste is an important part of this process and that extends to our food waste.”

Waste from food preparation and plate scrapings are sorted into separate bins provided by recycling management group, PDM. The company currently collects the waste weekly, which is then taken to PDM’s organic biomass-to-energy renewable power plant. When the hotel reopens the waste will be collected daily.

PDM commercial director Philip Simpson added: “For the hospitality sector, recycling food waste is the next important win, not only helping to improve environmental credentials but also saving costs when it comes to waste disposal.”

Fairmont, which owns a collection of hotels including The Savoy, has implemented the Green Partnership Programme in many of its hotels, which includes waste reduction and energy management.

Unique to The Savoy will also be a process that utilises the heat energy rejected from kitchen freezers and coolers to pre-heat domestic hot water. At Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland the hotel’s used cooking oil fuels the hotel’s shuttle bus once it has been converted into biodiesel.

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