Back in 2008, Gram UK commissioned a unique piece of research – the first research of its kind – which analysed the industry’s attitudes towards sustainability.
Eight years on the latest edition of the Gram Green Paper – said to be the only independent report in the market – examines whether industry attitudes towards sustainability are keeping pace with this fast moving sector or whether positive steps towards sustainability have stalled. The Gram Green Paper offers an overview of the behaviours and approaches to sustainability and green practices of 800 respondents across eight foodservice sectors.
The 2016 edition revealed that 55% of respondents considered their business to be green. The paper also illustrates a shift in industry views as there now seems to be a greater understanding that managing effective energy use has the greatest impact on energy bills.
Some of the eight channels, which includes: pubs, hotels, care homes, hospitals, restaurants. workplaces, schools and universities, show a decline in their willingness to become ‘greener’ down to just 68%, compared to 78% in 2014. The manufacturer suggested this is perhaps this because they perceive themselves to be doing everything they can to be green; alternatively the easier actions such as recycling may have already been implemented so the next steps such as monitoring energy use are harder to action and can have an initial set up cost.
Care homes appear to be the channel that has made the biggest leap forward in terms to their attitudes towards sustainability; this is perhaps explained by the idea that they are late adopters and only now understanding the benefits of being sustainable.
Gram’s 2016 Green Paper was launched at Gram’s annual Go Green Summit alongside talks by industry experts including CESA director Keith Warren.