Marks & Spencer has awarded Quintex the contract to provide energy efficient ventilation for kitchens at 81 of its sites in the UK.
As part of its ‘Plan A’ initiative, M&S aims to become the world’s most sustainable major retailer. It sees the deployment of Quintex’s Cheetah demand controlled ventilation (DCV) system as key to bringing down energy costs in its kitchens.
M&S expects to achieve an estimated annual energy saving of 839,658 kWh across the 81 sites, which encompass kitchens serving customer cafés, staff restaurants and bakeries.
The equipment should help M&S deliver a saving of 436 tonnes of carbon and a payback of 2.73 years through significantly cutting energy bills across the target sites.
Paul Walton, energy engineer at Marks & Spencer, said: “Preserving the environment and looking at ways in which we can become more energy efficient is as important to us as the goods we sell. Our partnership with Quintex will enable us to get one step closer to achieving our goals, while ensuring significant energy savings across our commercial kitchens for years to come.”
Sensor technology built into the Cheetah systems will detect cooking activity levels in the M&S kitchens and reduce ventilation fan speeds so that extract rates are matched to cooking demands.