News, June 2016
We’ve reached an exciting stage in the development of the new criteria, testing each of them for integrity and practicality to ensure they represent the very best in environmental management in the catering sector. Here we answer some of your questions to give you some insight into how the new Sustainable Catering Standard is taking shape…
How will you assess caterers’ energy, waste and water efficiency?
Initial assessment will be carried out using an accessible digital questionnaire. Caterers will be asked to provide responses to a series of questions relating to their energy, waste and water use and, where relevant, to supply key evidence documents. The questionnaire and supporting evidence will be reviewed and scored by our expert assessors.
On successful completion of the initial assessment, a trained onsite assessor will visit your catering facilities to verify and score good practice onsite. There will be a minimum score of 60% to achieve certification to the Standard.
What will you be looking for?
The questionnaire will take a broad-reaching look at how your business and operation addresses waste management and efficient use of energy and water, considering management policies, communication, monitoring, targets, operational procedures, training and procurement. Onsite assessors will verify the practical application of these elements.
How will the criteria be tailored to each caterer?
We understand that every catering operation is unique and that the control that each caterer can exercise over the management of energy, waste and water at their site will vary. Our assessment tool has been designed to take this into consideration, and the questions you’ll need to answer will be tailored for the specific nature of your operation.
When can I apply?
Our pilot phase will be open for applications from July 2016 for a limited 2 month period; keep your eyes on the Sustainable Catering Standard e-news for updates when the application form is released. You’ll have until the end of August 2016 to apply.
Cost of certification during the pilot phase starts at £1950+VAT for single site applications, and inclusion in the pilot is subject to successful receipt of payment.
Whether you’re looking to demonstrate alignment with the Balanced Score Card, or simply make cost savings, the Sustainable Catering Standard offers a range of business benefits…
- Supports compliance with procurement requirements and helps in tendering for new and existing contracts
- Offers an independent verification standard that aligns with Defra’s Balanced Scorecard
- Provides comprehensive and credible reassurance to customers, staff and stakeholders
- Demonstrates a commitment to sustainable catering across a wide set of criteria
- Provides critical input to evaluating current operational and environmental practices
- Helps identify opportunities to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs
Being involved in the pilot phase of the scheme you’ll benefit from:
- identifying yourself as leaders in environmentally responsible catering
- substantial publicity surrounding your involvement and achievement
- inputting into the scheme’s development
- close support towards achieving the standards and access to additional support resources
“This partnership is an exciting opportunity to inspire caterers to improve their environmental performance. The new award will mean that the Catering Mark can deliver a verification scheme that demonstrates equivalence across all areas of the DEFRA Balanced Scorecard for public procurement, including food provenance, socio-economic responsibility, and service”
Dr Peter Bonfield, creator of DEFRA's Balanced Scorecard
Efficient catering equipment
Sustainable Catering Standard partners, The Carbon Trust, offer advice on specifying, procuring, using and maintaining kitchen equipment for maximum efficiency.
Read the pdf here.
[Sourced & updated from Food preparation and catering, The Carbon Trust, 2012.]
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