The Soil Association and the Carbon Trust have partnered to launch the Green Kitchen Standard - a new certification designed to promote sustainable catering.
The Standard recognises caterers that sustainably manage energy, water and waste in their operations.
It was piloted at four locations ahead of the official launch: Carillion Health at Queen Alexander Hospital in Portsmouth; Freeman Hospital in Newcastle; Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; and Edgehill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire
Clare McDermott (pictured), business development director of Soil Association Certification, said: "Providing caterers with the tools and support to monitor usage, set targets and initiatives around sustainability and reward efficient practices at the kitchen level makes this scheme really effective at developing and leading best practice and improvement across the sector."
Morgan Jones, associate director at the Carbon Trust, added: "No organisation wants to waste energy and resources, but we've seen again and again that in practice there can be a big gap between intentions and behaviour. That's why we believe it is so important to have an objective system to track performance and drive improvements, that is independently verified by a third party. We hope that the Green Kitchen Standard will help caterers become more sustainable by recognising and rewarding good environmental management."
The Green Kitchen Standard is now available across the UK. To register your interest in this scheme contact: visit: www.soilassociation.org/greenkitchenstandard/
Founded in 1946, the Soil Association certifies over 70% of all organic products sold in the UK. The Carbon Trust helps organisations contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction and resource efficiency strategies.
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