The Alchemist has announced it has officially become a carbon neutral business, following its work in partnership with Carbon Neutral Britain.

The bar and restaurant group calculated and offset its scope 1 and scope 2 emissions for the year, supporting verified renewable projects around the world.

It has also been working to reduce its carbon footprint as much as possible, through simple changes like the addition of appliance timers, reusing all fruit in garnishes and using local suppliers, as well as more innovative measures.

For example, the group has introduced machines that convert leftover food into drain-safe liquid. Cooking oil is now collected and turned into biodiesel to operate its delivery vehicles and for every customer visiting to one of its sites a £1 donation to plant trees in a third world country is set aside to counteract the carbon used.

Paul Mitchell, property director, The Alchemist said: “Achieving carbon neutral status brings full circle all the energy saving technology and sustainability initiatives that we have and continue to introduce into our new and existing estate.”

The Alchemist has also elevated some of the dishes on its food menu, with its Cheeseburger Bao and Cookie S’mores skillet now ‘flavour blasted’ at the table, and the addition of a Moving Mountains Phish finger sandwich to tie in with its focus on sustainability.

MCA will be hosting a special panel on sustainability and the challenges involved in becoming a net zero business at its Restaurant Conference on 3 November. The panellists include Steven Packer, director of supply chain and IT, Pizza Hut Restaurants; Nicola Pierce, director of commercial planning and ESG, Burger King UK; Mel Marriott, MD, Darwin & Wallace; and Mark Chapman, CEO, Zero Carbon Forum.

To find out more about the conference and to book tickets, please click here.