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Catering Cut Costs and Carbon Calculator

The Cut Costs and Carbon Calculator is a business tool to help manage the energy costs, carbon footprint and environmental impact of your business’s catering operations.

Food industry 'Cut Carbon and Costs calculator'
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Published: June 2013


The catering industry in the UK is facing some formidable challenges. The focus of the challenges are;

  • Sharply rising prices for both food and energy,
  • Restricted household budgets reducing consumer demand

There is also increasing pressure on caterers to demonstrate environmental responsibility on food choice and sourcing methods, carbon emissions, water use and waste disposal.

To help the catering industry succeed in the face of these challenges, the Carbon Trust have worked together with leading groups DEFRA, CESA, CEDA, BHA, FSCI to develop the Cut Costs & Carbon Calculator.

The calculator can be used in practice to assist with performance benchmarking, equipment innovation, kitchen design, process optimisation, menu development and behavioural change.

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If you supply energy efficient equipment you could promote your business on the Carbon Trust website, through our Accredited Supplier scheme’s Green Business Directory.


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