CaterOps, the company behind a special industry software system that allows operators to forecast energy consumption in their kitchen estates, has gained ‘Approved Supplier’ status with the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
The cloud-based technology is designed to help companies easily manage catering assets and predict energy consumption, carbon footprint, lifecycle costs and capital expenditure. These sorts of tasks can be managed in minutes rather than days or weeks, as they have been in the past when carried out manually.
Prospective SRA members, which include everything from individual pubs and restaurants to chains, hospitals and universities, must complete a rigorous assessment process covering all 14 areas of sustainability before being awarded the ‘Food Made Good’ sustainability rating.
Alex Schlup, technical director at CaterOps, explains: “As a supplier to the catering industry we had to prove not only the potential of CaterOps to improve sustainability, but also that we operate our own business on a sustainable basis across the 14 key areas.
“For example, as a cloud-based software business, our main sustainability issue at CaterOps is the energy consumed by our computer infrastructure. We therefore chose a hosting provider who in 2006 became UK’s first Carbon Neutral hosting provider.”
Schlup added that the endorsement from the SRA affirms the value of CaterOps as a tool to drive down the carbon footprint of the catering industry.
The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) was created in 2010 as a framework to simplify the complexity of sustainability for the catering industry.