Bartlett Mitchell will conduct energy audits of its business and review the waste it produces as part of new measures to ensure it implements a series of sustainability goals.
The caterer has just achieved certification to The Planet Mark sustainability programme, becoming the first caterer to achieve the accolade following a rigorous measurement and reporting process.
Certification to The Planet Mark further strengthens the company’s position on sustainability by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders.
It calculated the carbon footprint of its Egham-based operational site for the year ending December 2018 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
This year’s footprint includes emissions from purchased electricity, waste, business travel and printing paper for its operational site.
While other caterers have made commitments to reducing their goals, Bartlett Mitchell has become the first to measure, report and deliver on its objectives.
Founder Wendy Bartlett said: “Ever since we started our business, we have had a strong belief that we need to do what we can to help protect our environment and ensure that we are all taking responsibility for the communities we operate in. We are delighted to be the first caterer to have delivered on our commitments and, whilst we are very happy with what we have achieved to date, we know that there is more to be done across our sector.”
Specific measures Bartlett Mitchell has been advised to implement to meet its 2019 targets include conducting ‘energy audits’ to help identify where most energy is being used and potential wastage from equipment, lights and heat loss.
It will also investigate the installation of LED, T5 and sensor lighting and the upgrade of heating controls, and carry out a waste management audit to understand what waste is being produced, where it is coming from and what the best route for it would be.