CASE STUDY: JD Wetherspoon cuts carbon and energy costs through focus on ventilation

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Preservation and protection of the environment is key to JD Wetherspoon and The Jack Fairman pub in Horley, Surrey.

Its emphasis on creating a positive impact on society means JD Wetherspoon considers how it can interact positively with the environment and those around them – leading the 900-strong chain to continuously update its environmental policy.

Along with other policies, it has introduced processes to minimise energy consumption. “We have set ourselves a target to reduce business wide usage of energy and water consumption tangibly year on year,” the company publicly states on its website.

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Investments in the kitchen have a major role to play in this and at The Jack Fairman Quintex’s Cheetah energy control system has been introduced to reduce ventilation energy consumption.

The system controls the extract and supply fans which only allows the fans to run when necessary.

Using temperature, optic and flow sensors, it detects the heat, steam and smoke created by cooking and reacts accordingly by altering the fan speed up and down when required.

The system – which continues to be rolled out across other sites in its estate – is a great benefit to The Jack Fairman as it not only reduces energy consumption from the extract and supply fans but also reduces heating and cooling losses.

Additionally, it helps save money and time for the restaurant by reducing maintenance costs, resulting in equipment having a longer life span and needing fewer repairs.

The Jack Fairman will be saving 36,167 kWh per year, giving it tangible payback and a 69% reduction in its ventilation energy consumption, too.


JD Wetherspoon pub The Jack Fairman calculates that it has made the following savings introducing the Cheetah energy control system to its estate.

36,167 kWh Saved per annum

18.9 tonnes carbon saved per annum

Reduced energy consumption – 69%

Annual saving in pounds – £2,729

Payback of initial investment – 1.88 years

Quintex is the Platinum Partner sponsor of the Kitchen Design & Efficiency category of FEJ Kitchen Excellence Week. For information about Quintex and its range of products, including the Cheetah demand controlled ventilation system, call 0118 973 9310 or visit

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