Warewasher manufacturer Winterhalter has become the first catering equipment company to achieve carbon footprint certification through the Carbon Trust.
This has been supported by the development of a new tool, meaning that end users can utilise a calculator to compare the lifetime carbon footprint and expected energy costs of any Winterhalter model, based on their anticipated levels of actual use.
The Carbon Trust worked with Winterhalter over 18 months to develop the calculator. In order to ensure it accurately predicts the life cycle carbon footprint and energy use, it incorporates a range of factors: from manufacturing and transport, through warehousing and distribution, to energy use and total operating consumption.
The calculator will allow dealers and operators to compare the carbon footprint and running costs of different Winterhalter models.
For example, a Winterhalter PT L ClimatePlus passthrough warewasher, operating 14 hours a day and processing 50 racks per day, will produce 3,666kg CO2e per annum, or 36,660kg CO2e over a typical 10 year lifespan.
“Ultimately we hope other manufacturers follow our lead, 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,” said Paul Crowley, marketing manager of Winterhalter UK.
The Carbon Trust calculated and certified the carbon footprint of all 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 is associated with energy in use, highlighting the importance of energy efficiency.
“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,” said Crowley.
Dominic Burbridge of The Carbon Trust added: “This is a big step forward for any foodservice business that wants to know and show its impact on the environment.
“Winterhalter’s initiative in obtaining certification and developing a whole life tool will be a big help to foodservice operators that want to reduce their own carbon footprint, as they can take action based on the warewasher figures from the calculator.
“By being the first company in the industry to achieve carbon footprint certification, Winterhalter has shown leadership in helping catering operators manage their impact on the environment.”