Warewash manufacturer Winterhalter has become the first catering equipment company to achieve carbon footprint certification through the Carbon Trust.
Winterhalter has supported its Carbon Footprint certification with the development of a new tool, which allows 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 use.
"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.
The Carbon Trust worked with Winterhalter over 18 months to develop the calculator and both partners hope that other manufacturers will follow suit 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.
Paul Crowley, marketing manager of Winterhalter UK, added: "Achieving carbon footprinting has been a very significant investment - it reflects our commitment to developing the best resource-saving technologies, and helping our customers achieve their environmental targets".
The Carbon Trust calculated and certified the carbon footprint of of the warewashers marketed and sold by Winterhalter in the UK, looking at 34 units across five product ranges. This found that under normal usage, well over 90% of the carbon footprint was associated with energy in use, highlighting the importance of energy efficiency.
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