Green Kitchen Standard
Recognising positive steps to sustainably manage their energy, water & waste in food service.
For customers this means eating somewhere that you know are going further to ensure they minimise their environmental impact. Caterers must prove their environmental credentials and provide a clear point of difference to set their service apart from the rest, which can mean cost savings as well as aligning with energy, water and waste requirements of the DEFRA Plan for Public Procurement and the UN`s Sustainable Development Goals.
Some of the many key benefits in achieving the Green Kitchen Standard include
- Enhancing reputation
• Provides comprehensive and credible reassurance to customers, staff and stakeholders
• Demonstrates a commitment to sustainable catering across a wide set of criteria
- Delivering efficiencies
• Provides critical input to evaluating current operational and environmental practices
• Helps identify opportunities to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs
- Facilitating compliance
• Supports compliance with procurement requirements and helps in tendering for new and existing contracts
• Offers an independent verification standard that aligns with Defra`s Balanced Scorecard
All catering operations are different, so the Green Kitchen Standard has been designed to be flexible and only assess areas a caterer has control over. Caterers are assessed on a points based system. There are some mandatory standards for caterers to meet and a variety of other steps to be taken to score points to meet the standard.