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Dane Barnard becomes the first qualified Green Manager in the UK

Environmental Sustainability

Dane Barnard, executive chef at Humble Grape – Battersea, has become the first person in the UK to successfully complete a brand-new qualification for Environmental Sustainability Management in Hospitality.

Fifty Shades Greener (FSG) and the Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality (CTH) joined forces in late 2021 to create the first Level 4 certificate in environmental sustainability management in hospitality. This is the first qualification of its kind to be regulated as an official qualification on the Ofqual framework of education.

“Reducing carbon emissions should be something that becomes paramount in our daily routines if we really want to provoke a mind-set change. Environmental education is key to driving this transformation and the general education system has a responsibility to not only prepare learners for the world of work, but provide them with the skills to influence employers, politicians and the wider society.  This can be achieved through teaching learners how to measure, manage and monitor carbon emissions.  When you do not measure something, you cannot manage it” explains Raquel Noboa, CEO of Fifty Shades Greener.

Dane Barbard

Engaging with the programme in 2022, Dane implemented an environmental management system at the Humble Grape with many different reduction initiatives including: Auditing their energy needs, segregating food waste, provide training to all employees, forming a green team and actively monitoring their utilities and CO2 every month.

So far, the restaurant has achieved a reduction of electricity of 35% and water use by 29%.

‘Environmental sustainability has always been a key focus for us at Humble Grape, whether that’s promoting zero food waste, reducing water usage or only working with suppliers that share our ethos. I’m delighted to have been the first in the UK to get my Level 4 in Environmental Sustainability Management in Hospitality so we as a business can work even harder towards a better future.’ Explains Dane.

By embedding environmental sustainability skill sets into our hospitality colleges & industry, we will prepare our youth for the jobs the marketplace will need now and in the future. Most importantly, it will assist with government targets to reach NetZero by 2050.

The labour market needs people with the skills to measure, monitor and reduce carbon emissions in the workplace. Sue Duke, Head of Global Policy and Economic Graph at LinkedIn says that they have seen a 70% increase in Customer Service job roles requiring three or more ‘green skills’.  Also, that people who have green skills are recruited 1.5 times faster than those who don’t.  Additionally, ‘Green Talent’ is likely to be 2-3 times better connected on LinkedIn than people without green skills.  These trends are only set to increase in the years ahead.

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