The FCSI is donating £10,000 towards phase two of a software tool that has been launched to help caterers and kitchen designers plan energy efficient kitchens.
The ‘Cut Cost and Carbon Calculator’, led by the Carbon Trust and backed by numerous industry bodies, was officially rolled out last week after more than a year of discussions.
The FCSI said its donation would go towards the £250,000 it is trying to raise to enable the software “to be moved on a step further”.
It said it is the first industry association to pledge financial support to the project.
The calculator is currently free to use and provides an indicative view on users’ energy costs, offering estimates on how menu adjustments, changes to equipment and staff training can reduce energy consumption and improve carbon reduction.
Further investment will enable further refinement of the calculator and allow users, including manufacturers, consultants and operators, to tailor the tool to meet their own business needs.
David Bentley, director of The Russell Partnership and outgoing president of the FCSI, called on other industry stakeholders to follow suit and back the project.
“We’re delighted to be the first association to get behind this fantastic tool and it’s great to see an idea which started during my two-year term as chairman come to fruition,” he says. “This has the potential to become a crucially useful tool for all sectors of the industry and we urge others to join us and back it.”