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Operators 'can save cash with green equipment'

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Sourcing green catering equipment is crucial if businesses want to cut their overheads and reduce their carbon footprint, according to a guide published by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

The not-for-profit organisation, writing in Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine, suggested that the current procurement focus for many restaurants and catering operators tends to be, unsurprisingly, food.

While attempts to find reliable and sustainable producers are undeniably important and helpful when it comes to building up a reputation as an eco-friendly firm, it is also crucial to think about other aspects of the set-up, the SRA claimed.

"Sourcing sustainable non-food resources, while not having the same instant customer appeal, can be more straightforward and have the added bonus of delivering genuine cost savings," it explained.

Ryan Moses, director of operations for London based four-strong pub group Cubitt House, took the SRA's advice on board and attempted to source a range of sustainable goods for his portfolio of establishments.

"As a business we now know we can achieve the margins while being more sustainable - it's the only way," he suggested.

The SRA indicated that there are several things firms can do to review their eco-friendly policies, arguing that buying better-quality, more efficient equipment that will last for longer can lead to overall savings even if it involves a larger initial outgoing.

Furthermore, it suggested that talking to staff and customers about any efforts being made to reduce carbon emissions can lead to some innovative solutions and ensure everybody knows what is being attempted.

With support from celebrity chefs and restaurateurs such as Raymond Blanc, the SRA hopes to drive awareness of sustainability issues throughout the industry.

Restaurant groups such as Prezzo and Carluccio's have also signed up to the organisation's scheme over recent years as they attempt to build up their green credentials.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801504542-ADNFCR

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