Winterhalter has become the first catering equipment company to achieve carbon footprint certification through the Carbon Trust in a move that it is hailing as a major step forward for caterers wanting to ‘know and show’ their green credentials.
FEJ’s sister publication Catering Insight exclusively revealed details of the move, which has seen The Carbon Trust calculate and certify the carbon footprint of all of the warewashers marketed and sold by Winterhalter in the UK, which encompasses 34 units across five product ranges.
The pair have been working together for the past 18 months to devise a tool that will allow buyers to use a simple calculator to compare the lifetime carbon footprint and expected energy costs of any Winterhalter model, based on their anticipated levels of actual use.
The warewashing manufacturer said the tool was particularly significant as while future legislation will tell buyers how energy efficient some items of equipment are, it won’t tell them its lifetime costs or its carbon footprint.
The work carried out on Winterhalter’s machines by the Carbon Trust found that under normal usage, well over 90% of the carbon footprint is associated with energy in use, highlighting the importance of energy efficiency.
“This is a big step forward for any foodservice business that wants to know and show its impact on the environment,” said Dominic Burbridge of The Carbon Trust.
“Companies understand better than ever before that when purchasing equipment they need to take into account the total life cost, including its energy efficiency, which allows them to make meaningful comparisons as to the real value of their investment.
“Winterhalter’s initiative in obtaining certification and developing a whole life tool will also be a big help to foodservice operators that want to reduce their own carbon footprint, as they can take action based on the warewasher figures from the calculator.”
In order to ensure the calculator accurately predicts the life-cycle carbon footprint and energy use, it incorporates a wide range of factors: from manufacturing and transport, through warehousing and distribution, to energy use and total operating consumption.
The calculator will allow operators to compare the carbon footprint and running costs of different Winterhalter models.
For example, a Winterhalter PT L ClimatePlus passthrough warewasher, operating 14 hours a day and processing 50 racks per day, will produce 3,666 kgCO2e per annum, or 36,660 kgCO2e over a typical ten year lifespan.
Paul Crowley, marketing manager of Winterhalter UK, said: “Ultimately we hope other manufacturers follow our lead, using the same criteria as defined by the Carbon Trust, so that buyers will be able to accurately compare carbon footprints of models from different suppliers.”