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Equipment energy tool set for launch

25 | 03 | 13

A new software tool that measures the energy consumption of catering equipment is close to being launched.

The Lifecycle Carbon Calculator has been developed by the Carbon Trust and the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA). It measures the amount of energy being used in commercial kitchens and tells caterers how much could be saved by improving practices, such as switching to more efficient equipment.

The Foodservice Consultants Society International and the Catering Equipment Distributors Association also contributed to the project, which has been funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Energy consumption is calculated by putting a site's data through a sophisticated spreadsheet to work out usage. Thistakes a wide range of factors into account, including the equipment, menu and hours of operation.

Businesses can then change the parameters to see how making changes could impact their energy use. For example, they can calculate the difference switching from gas to electric hobs would make.

Nick Oryino, chair of the CESA, commented: “The calculator will have a huge impact on the way operators, designers and specifiers plan and manage commercial kitchens in the UK.

“It will help the industry cut carbon emission and running costs. We expect it to have a ready market amongst larger operator groups, such as restaurants and hotels, as well as equipment distributors and consultants.”

The calculator has been designed to help tackle the worrying issue of the food service market’s carbon emissions. It has been estimated that just by training staff in best practice procedures for cooking and dishwashing equipment, the industry’s costs could be reduced by £35 million and carbon emissions slashed by 173,000 CO2e tonnes each year.

The calculator is still being developed, but an initial version is expected to be released to key industry figures in May, before a widespread launch in the autumn. Early adopters are likely to be offered a free upgrade to a more advanced version of the software.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801561851-ADNFCR

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