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Catering industry 'could save millions' through energy efficiency

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The catering industry could save more than a quarter of a billion pounds by becoming more energy efficient, according to a new report by the Carbon Trust. 

Installing better kitchen equipment, using appliances more effectively and revising menus are just some of the ways these savings could be achieved, the carbon reduction organisation claimed.

It has recently completed a study that found two per cent of all business and public sector carbon emissions in the UK are generated by the catering industry. The report revealed restaurants and other food service organisations serve more than eight billion meals every year, spending around £770 million on energy and generating 3.9 million tonnes of carbon.

However, should a more efficient approach be taken, a saving of 30 per cent (£250 million) is possible and emissions could be reduced by over a million tonnes, the Carbon Trust claimed. 

Its research revealed the catering industry currently wastes £250 million annually, or three pence per meal, by failing to replace old equipment and using appliances inefficiently. Furthermore, the organisation warned total energy costs could rise by £154 million per year if these practices are not changed. 

To try to counter this problem the Carbon Trust has launched a new 'Cut Cost & Carbon Calculator'. It has been designed to help firms consider energy efficiency when designing and manufacturing catering equipment and planning the layout of a kitchen, it will demonstrate how this can boost profits and reduce environmental impact. 

Dominic Burbridge, associate director for business advice at the Carbon Trust, said the catering sector is highly sensitive to cost at the moment and improving energy efficiency is a "great way" to tackle this problem.

"We’ve demonstrated how the catering industry could save more than three pence per meal served, which presents a significant opportunity for industry leaders who take a proactive approach to enhance the economic and environmental sustainability of their businesses," he commented.

Nicky Oryino, chairman of the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association, welcomed the news and claimed it could "radically change" the way in which costs are judged and equipment is designed and installed.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801601651-ADNFCR

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