IN FOCUS: 8 catering equipment manufacturers reducing their carbon footprint

True Refrigeration

Catering equipment manufacturers are a much greener bunch these days, with many of the world’s top brands working hard to minimise the environmental impact of their activities. Here’s our pick of eight players that have made significant gains when it comes to offsetting carbon emissions. 

1. True Refrigration

A recent large-scale project at True Refrigeration saw the installation of 2,070 solar panels across 23 of its buildings. They are collectively able to produce the equivalent of 756,502 kilowatt hours of energy and reduce its carbon emissions by 1,176,717 pounds per year. Other improvements that True has made in its production processes over the last few years include closed loop water systems to converse water, a powder coating method which reduces VOCs, and printing with UV inks, which eliminates solvents. To date, the cumulative result of its efforts across the business has seen a reduction in the release of CO2 by 502,000 metric tons — the equivalent of removing 105,684 cars off the road — when compared with where it was in 2000.

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2. IMC

As a waste management equipment manufacturer, sustainability features highly on IMC’s agenda and is discussed in every management meeting. Even sheet steel is seeded to ensure as many components are extracted from a single side of stainless as possible, thereby minimising what is accounted for as scrap and meaning fewer waste collections from its factory. IMC’s manufacturing plant in Wrexham recently completed an upgrade of its lighting systems and is now looking to go further by replacing all light fittings with new energy efficient LED lighting. All IMC’s waste is recycled through responsible channels. Waste wood and pallets are stripped and converted into equine bedding, for example.

3. Liebherr

Refrigeration manufacturer Liebherr boasts some 16 in-house test laboratories for measuring energy consumption, temperature stability, noise output and heat output. The test facilities are independently certified by both VDE and Intertek. Its production sites are certified to ISO14001 for environmental management. The company claims to be the first to introduce HFC-free refrigerants R290 and R600a across the whole of its range of refrigerators and freezers.

4. Winterhalter

Warewashing manufacturer Winterhalter’s products are manufactured to international and European quality and environmental standards, but its UK subsidiary also adheres to the ISO14001 environmental management system to ensure its operations are tested against the international standard. Winterhalter was the first, and remains the only, catering equipment manufacturer that has had its manufacturing process, distribution network, product use and disposal cycle measured and certified by the Carbon Trust.

5. Hoshizaki

Hoshizaki implements a long-running ‘Eco Plan’ programme across its global subsidiaries, which is intended to counter its demand on the environment with sustainable solutions and ecological actions. The plan focuses on key areas, including product development, recycling, recovery of environment-damaging CFCs and a host of other environmental measures. In the UK, its manufacturing facility has achieved ISO14001 and adopts the ‘Just in Time’ method to ensure an efficient flow and achieve an exceptional recycling-to-waste ratio for discarded elements. It even has a strategy of only working with logistic partners that operate the latest efficient Euro 6 trucks when transporting its equipment.

6. Welbilt

Sustainability is at the heart of Welbilt’s ethos, nowhere more so than at the main Convotherm factory in Eglfing. It was one of the first companies in Germany to achieve the environmental standard ISO14001 almost two decades ago and since 2009 it has saved one million kilograms of CO2 from converting to green electricity. Its facilities now use a 100% renewable fuel power source, which has resulted in a CO2 output reduction of around 1 Mio kg CO2 per year, and boasts a carbon neutral footprint.

7. Falcon

British manufacturer Falcon is part of the Greenlogic initiative to minimise the effect of production, operation and disposal of its products on the environment. By co-ordinating the removal of waste from its Stirling factory, it has succeeded in achieving zero landfill status. The company is working with its waste partners to develop a bespoke personalised solution for the segregation and recycling of all waste. Other schemes in place throughout the company include converting used cooking oil to biofuel, shredding used paper for packing, recycling cardboard, plastic and wood, and upgrading its air handling units to control its heating and cooling systems.

8. E&R Moffat

Another British manufacturer, E&R Moffat, is committed to reducing its carbon footprint in every area of operation. It has invested heavily in high-technology laser cutters and punchers to minimise waste during manufacturing and has developed an innovative delivery technique that all but eliminates the need for packaging. By using the latest tools and clever design, it endeavours to get the most use out of each sheet of metal. It also recycles all scrap and swarf. Moffat’s new delivery procedure minimises packaging while ensuring products are delivered in pristine condition. This is achieved through the use of efficient vehicles, protective harnessing to cut down packaging and special loading procedures. Another benefit is that, because there is less waste packaging to take off and dispose of, the system saves its customers time.

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