The winner of the Operator of the Year for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability award is BaxterStorey.
This accolade, sponsored by Meiko, recognises that with pressure on businesses to act as responsibly as possible when it comes to sustainability, not to mention the rising cost of energy bills, the focus on energy efficiency in commercial kitchens has never been greater.
As one of the UK’s largest catering operators, BaxterStorey has recognised the need to be as environmentally considerate as possible and it has a dedicated sustainability team to support its objectives.
It has developed specific projects to drive awareness among staff, including energy and water efficiency training, while its food waste minimisation and reporting scheme is adopted by 900 sites.
Last year it saved 2,500 tonnes of food waste and 25,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. The company was one of the first caterers to utilise the CaterOps energy management tool and this has resulted in it gaining a clear understanding of kitchen energy usage and catering equipment efficiency in certain sites.
Henry Cawson, sustainability manager at BaxterStorey (pictured being presented with the award by Meiko UK’s managing director Paul Anderson), said: “It’s great to be recognised for our initiatives on food waste. Often this is an element that gets left behind in kitchen operations but we are keen to work on reducing food waste further.”
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