Kitchen maintenance firm Rational Technical Services is understood to have become one of the first carbon neutral businesses in its field following a major exercise to become a greener outfit.
The company, which was independently formed in 2007 to offer technical service and support for Rational ovens, began an environmental review of its operations prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
After initially calculating its carbon emissions and setting targets for reductions, it established a number of goals for the business to achieve and created a company environmental policy. It also sought input from Carbon Footprint and CheaperWaste on how to make changes to support its objectives.
Managing director Lee Wilmot told Catering Insight that it has been able to make some significant gains by altering behaviour and driving awareness internally.
He explained: “First of all, it’s a topic that we truly believe in, and we recognise our responsibility to go above and beyond our legal requirements as a responsible company. The real highlight was seeing and reading the responses from the Rational chain account customers, as we support national and international brands – most of which have targets to reduce carbon emission. For them to be able to show that the supply chain is becoming carbon neutral is a win-win.”
Measures that the Cambridgeshire-based firm has taken over the past 12 months include buying energy efficient IT and office equipment, introducing LED lighting and sensors to its office, regulating heating and air conditioning systems, installing external charge points for hybrid cars and introducing low-emissions vans to its fleet.
Wilmot said that digging deep into the practices and actions of the business had been an insightful exercise – and left it with a clearer picture of how it can continue reducing its emissions in future.
“I think the message is that we have recognised our responsibility and acted in a responsible way as a supplier to our customers. Although we made these changes because it is necessary for the future of the environment, the benefit for the company is that it creates positive noise in the industry. We are taking Rational Technical Services in a direction of becoming a technology-focused company so this awareness fits our future strategy.”
Wilmot said the company is aiming to halve its emissions again in 2021 and offset more than it requires, which would enable it to become a carbon positive company. It is also working to gain the ISO 14001 waste management accreditation.
Rational Technical Services provides technical support and service maintenance contracts for Rational’s major accounts, including Nando’s, Wagamama, JD Wetherspoon, Hilton, Fuller’s, McMullen’s, Shire Inns and Brasserie Blanc.
It also supports authorised Rational dealers across the UK.