Manitowoc has come up trumps in an initiative by fast food chain McDonald’s to highlight suppliers that have made a difference to its global operations.
The catering equipment manufacturer was named as a ‘2014 Best of Sustainable Supply’ award winner in a report highlighting how suppliers achieved significant results by identifying opportunities and applying sustainable solutions in diverse places across the world.
More than 600 entries were submitted, with Manitowoc earning a prestigious place alongside 50 other leading projects.
McDonald’s leadership and external subject matter experts recognised Manitowoc Foodservice and its Convotherm facility for sustainability leadership in the ‘Community Impact’ category.
The Alternate Energy Utilization and Energy Savings Program project at the company’s manufacturing facility in Eglfing, Germany, pioneered use of renewable energy using locally-plentiful materials in creative collaboration with its neighboring community.
The goal of the project was to reduce energy use and reduce environmental footprint. Convotherm’s partnership with the Village of Eglfing initiative to construct a power plant to produce steam from local renewable resources was a success as the plant began producing steam within two years.
The steam produced by the power plant is used at the Convotherm manufacturing facility, and also by approximately 50 private households in the nearby area.
The company has saved approximately 1,000,000 kilograms of CO2 annually from using the alternate fuel heating plant and the hydroelectric power supply.
“We are extremely proud of our work on the Alternate Energy Utilization and Energy Savings Program in Europe project and grateful for the recognition by McDonald’s,” said Dr. Martin Behle, VP and general manager for ovens and advanced cooking EMEA. “We pride ourselves on challenging the status quo and delivering innovative ideas and solutions to our clients.”
“The submissions in the Best of Sustainable Supply report demonstrate that our suppliers go above and beyond to provide sustainable leadership, and that they take their commitment to preserving resources as seriously as we do,” said Jose Armario, executive VP for McDonald’s global supply chain, development and franchising. “We are fortunate to work with such a diverse and dedicated group of suppliers to service our 35,000 global restaurants each day.”