Most distributors would argue there is plenty more their customers could do to be green, but it has emerged that catering businesses are actually far more energy aware than companies in other sectors.
Energy provider E.ON recently carried out a survey of 1,000 small businesses, which revealed that catering and hospitality bosses were the most keen on business efficiency.
72% said they monitored energy consumption, the highest response of the six major sectors that E.ON polled.
The study also suggested that half of catering and hospitality bosses (46%) take sole charge of workplace energy monitoring, with 78% admitting that energy waste was one of their top irritations.
While minimising costs remains the main motivation for catering and hospitality leaders wanting to see greater workplace efficiency (72%), two fifths (41%) said that a poor reputation for sustainability could lead to customers viewing their business in a negative light.
Anthony Ainsworth, sales and marketing director at E.ON, said: “Senior staff might not always have time to keep track of consumption, and businesses that are able to embed a culture of monitoring throughout the workplace will have a greater chance of improving overall business efficiency.”
Businesses said that having access to real-time information showing usage would help to encourage staff to monitor energy consumption more closely.
They also said receiving a breakdown of consumption across heating, lighting, machinery and equipment, and measuring energy performance with other businesses in their sector, would also help the cause.