Our catering team is working hard to improve our environmental performance and reduce our impact through our operations. This means making sure we deal with our waste responsibly, conserve water and aim to reduce our energy consumption. This year we  put policies in place to make sure we do our best. We measure our success through a target to reduce our utility use by 5% compared to last year. We also aim to waste no more than 5% of the food we buy.

This month we had a slight issue with our electricity and gas meters in our Harrow site. While we resolve this issue the data provided on energy is only accurate for New Cavendish Street and Regent St. Based on this data we have achieved a 12% reduction in our energy use this June versus last year. Overall we’re well on track, so as long as we keep up the good work we’ll definitely exceed our energy and water reduction target for 2017-18.

We’ve also been helping to produce energy through our food waste. We send our food waste to anaerobic digestion where it is used to produce energy and fertiliser. Our food waste produced enough energy this month to power the average UK home for 3 months.

One of our sites exceeded our maximum waste target, wasting 6% of what was produced. However our average across our sites is below our target. We’ll work on getting this down across the board in the meantime, and watch this space for our progress!

In other news, 6% of hot drinks were served in reusable containers in June. This is the highest number yet so well done to everyone who remembered to bring their KeepCups with them!

We’ve also applied for the Green Kitchen Standard. This is a joint award from the Soil Association and Carbon Trust which recognises the work of caterers who try to reduce their environmental impact in their daily operations. We have an audit date booked for August and then we’ll receive our certification – this is your externally verified guarantee that we’re working responsibly.

Cormac Cleary

Cormac Cleary

Sustainable Food Assistant at University of Westminster and Aramark
Cormac Cleary

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