Catering equipment that meets high standards of energy efficiency could be in line for government tax relief, it has emerged.
The Carbon Trust is currently investigating whether different types of catering equipment, particularly cooking and dishwashing equipment, should join commercial service cabinets on the Energy Technology List (ETL).
The ECA scheme, which is overseen by the Department of Energy & Climate Change, provides businesses with enhanced tax relief for equipment purchases that meet published energy-saving criteria.
Commercial refrigeration cabinets have been listed on the ETL since 2003, but a study is now underway to establish the basis for potential ETL inclusion for other forms of catering equipment.
The Carbon Trust told Catering Insight that given their levels of energy consumption, “particular focus” is being placed upon dishwashing and cooking equipment. This study will include, for example, an examination of the benefits of induction hobs.
Manufacturers or supplies that would like to contribute to these studies or are interested in attending a workshop that the Carbon Trust is arranging can contact the ETL team on 0300 330 0657 or email here.
Separate to that, the Carbon Trust also confirmed that it is carrying out a review of its support for commercial service cabinets.
Over the past few weeks it has been gathering contributions from the industry to determine if there is still a good case for the ECA scheme to continue supporting the most efficient cabinets, and to ensure that support is focused on the top-performing products
A workshop to canvass industry opinion on this technology market will take place on Tuesday 15 October at CESA’s office in London.