EXCLUSIVE: Government study into commercial kitchen energy usage could shape future policy

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A major research project commissioned by the government is seeking to understand what role commercial kitchen equipment has to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

With the UK aiming for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, strategic consulting firm ICF has been awarded the task of carrying out a study on the professional foodservice equipment (PFSE) sector. It is currently looking to engage with operators and suppliers willing to share their views on the topic.

The results could directly impact future policy decisions around areas such as minimum energy performance standards and energy labelling.

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Estimates suggest the total energy consumption of the UK catering industry is in excess of 21,600 million kWh a year.

Tom Lock, senior managing consultant at ICF, said the work is shaped around the areas of professional cooking, warming and warewashing appliances. It does not include commercial refrigeration products, which are currently governed by EU regulations around energy efficiency.

He told FEJ: “The findings from this study will be used to establish an evidence base for PFSE in the UK. This will help inform the development of future UK government energy-using products policy in the PFSE sector.

“Energy-using products policy can include minimum energy performance standards, energy labelling or other regulatory and non-regulatory measures. Energy efficiency is a key tool in reducing UK carbon emissions. The ultimate aim of this research is to support the UK’s transition to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

As part of the project, ICF is reaching out to industry professionals from all tiers of the supply chain for input.

It is keen to examine industry attitudes of manufacturers, dealers, consultants and operators through dedicated online questionnaires and telephone interviews, exploring topics such as technology preferences, replacement trends and the possible effects of new regulations.

Mr Lock said that as well garnering the views of members of the supply chain, it was particularly keen to hear from operators as they are using these types of equipment on a daily basis.

“Operators and end-users, and representatives from the other stakeholder groups, will have different experiences of, and different perspectives on, the PFSE industry,” he said.

Industry professionals can access and complete the online questionnaires here:

OPERATORS – Click here to start the survey

MANUFACTURERS – Click here to start the survey

DEALERS – Click here to start the survey

CONSULTANTS – Click here to start the survey

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Andrew Seymour

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  1. This is good news. The industry can now show it genuinely cares. Payback is so rapid these days with the right equipment that it’s a ‘no brainer!’

  2. We should all know the benefits by now, but its convincing purchasers to get over the short term pain of a higher purchase price to benefit long term gain of energy efficiency and labour saving equipment.

    Govt needs to also facilitate better electric power networks so renewable energy efficient green 3 phase electric power is commercially available to all those that require it. Currently it’s not – without having to pay an extortionate price to network providers to make available, this needs addressing properly.

  3. We are delighted that the FEA and our members have been involved in shaping this work through our Product Group Forums, since the outset. We encourage all in the equipment supply chain to get involved and contribute to the development of this important work.
    It’s time for positive energy efficient changes. We are only three kitchens away from net-zero by 2050.
    Carbon is the currency of our future.

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