POWER LIST 2016, CHAIN CHAMPIONS: Mark Selby, Co-founder, Wahaca

Wahaca

Wahaca is the first restaurant chain in the UK to be certified as a CarbonNeutral company and ever since opening its first site in Covent Garden in 2007 it has challenged itself to ensure that each of its 23 branches has the lowest environmental impact possible.

That has meant developing some of the greenest kitchens around, with energy created by fridges and freezers providing the restaurant’s hot water and eliminating the need for water boilers. mark-selby-person

Furthermore, its extract systems now all use the latest technology in energy efficiency, increasing the pull of the extract only as the sensors pick up smoke from the grills.

Co-founder Mark Selby relishes the challenge of trying to make each site more sustainable than the last. “We are constantly asking ourselves the question, how can we do this so we don’t leave a negative footprint on the planet? I’d love eventually to have tiles that capture the constant movements of our chefs and waiters and convert this to power our restaurants but at the moment the technology is not sophisticated enough — it will get there though!”

The proof is certainly in the pudding for the Mexican eating chain: average energy consumption of sites it has opened in the last three years has fallen 36%.

Profile

Company: Wahaca
Address: 80 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0TF
Tel: 020 77340195
Twitter: @wahaca
Website: www.wahaca.co.uk
Focus: Mexican

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