Le Pain Quotidien, the Belgian restaurant and boulangerie group, has announced all its UK & Ireland restaurants are now carbon neutral, certified by the climate advisory organisation CO2logic.

Announcing the news at the launch of its 30th site opening in Monument, the group is one of the in London to achieve this environmental status.

Managing director Peter Jenkins said: “Across all our restaurants, we believe our environment is everything. Our mission to serve fresh, wholesome and organic food meaning that we have to consider the environment in nearly every aspect of our business.

“We are incredibly proud to be part of this movement. It is a really exciting step for us in our ongoing sustainability journey. We’re not stopping here - our goal is to go carbon neutral globally by 2020!”

To achieve the status, the group has retrofitted all lighting with LED lights, reducing light-energy consumption by 80%; introduced more efficient refrigeration, cooking and cooling; used recycled wood material for the décor; encouraged suppliers to reduce transport miles and congestion; and uses compostable and recyclable materials for coffee cups and bags.