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How to make Sustainable Catering Choices

Amid the growing movement towards energy efficiency, it is common to feel overwhelmed when it comes to building a sustainable catering environment. Without the correct knowledge, you may be left at a standstill, unsure of where to implement positive changes. However, these decisions can be made easier once you know what to look out for…

 1. Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS)

These are regulatory measures aimed at promoting energy efficiency in various products and appliances, particularly for refrigeration. These standards set the minimum level of energy efficiency that a product must meet, ensuring that it performs at an acceptable level while consuming the least amount of energy possible. This is identified through visible labeling, providing consumers with information about the energy efficiency of a product. These labels typically include details such as energy consumption, efficiency ratings, and other relevant information, allowing consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing appliances. The combination of MEPS and labeling initiatives helps drive innovation in the market, encouraging manufacturers to produce more energy-efficient products.


2. Energy Technology List

This is a government-compiled list of energy-efficient technologies that businesses can invest in to enhance energy efficiency and sustainability. It is recommended to consult the ETL to identify eligible products and equipment that meet certain energy performance criteria.

3. Life Cycle

Choose suppliers and products with a commitment to sustainability and transparent environmental practices. In particular, pay attention to whole life costs, which refer to the total costs of a product associated with its entire lifespan. This includes various expenses beyond the initial investment such as operating costs, maintenance costs, training, and support costs. When assessing the value of the whole life costs, it's crucial to factor in the quality, performance, and durability of the machine.


4. Warranties

Opt for equipment with comprehensive warranties and reliable customer support. This ensures that any issues can be addressed promptly, minimizing downtime and potential losses. Different manufacturers offer a range of warranty periods, typically from 1 year to 3 years, with some brands even offering 5 year warranties. Most of the leading brands will offer warranties starting at a minimum of 2 years.

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