Keeping a close eye on our Carbon footprint
British Event Catering recognises that as event caterers our work does have both a direct and indirect impact on the local, regional and global environment.
We are committed to minimising our negative impacts and by acting in a sustainable way, meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to fulfil their own needs. We hope that by minimising our carbon footprint we encourage our customers to do so as well.
Although at B.E.C we do not see it as our place to lecture clients on being ‘green’, we do believe that we can have a significant role to play in raising awareness of green alternatives and helping our clients to achieve their own green policies.
Our green policy is to constantly seek ways in which we can improve our environmental credentials. Our green strategy is aligned with our environmental policy and catering codes of practice on waste and environmental protection. We focus on:
- Using biodegradable products cups/ trays etc.
- Using recycled paper i.e. serviettes disposable hand towels.
- Reducing waste.
- Reusing materials at every opportunity.
- We cook with LPG which has a smaller carbon foot print than electricity.
- Repair, rather than throw away, where we can.
- All of our used cooking oil is taken from our depot and turned into bio fuel.
As our green culture becomes established and embedded, we aim to:
- Encourage our staff to be responsible green citizens.
- Consider environmental impacts in our purchasing.
- Endeavour to work with partner organisations that share our green values.
- It is our intention to operate our business in an as environmentally friendly way as we can.
What we do to keep green
- Generators are to power more than one catering unit if at all possible cutting down on emissions & fuel. We reuse, or recycle all of our incoming packaging materials like cardboard etc.
- We minimise our use of paper. Key information about British Event Catering is readily available on this site. The increasing use of e-mail greatly reduces the volume of paper used in hard copy correspondence, envelopes and letters. Processing information electronically is also much more energy and carbon efficiency than physically sending a hard copy.
- Our consumption of fuel and energy is very closely monitored and we take care that it is not wasted through inefficiency or casualness. For example, we utilize visible signs to remind staff to turn off lights when leaving a room, and ask staff to use computers responsibly i.e. turning them off at night and using the stand-by mode during the day.
- Where possible we will choose to source our materials from suppliers who operate in an environmentally friendly manner and who are geographically local to us to reduce delivery miles.
- We aim to serve Fair Trade hot drinks in all of our catering units
- We will work with our catering suppliers to buy locally where possible in order to reduce our food miles and to promote British produces.
- We will chose the vehicles we operate with fuel efficiency in mind and their fuel consumption is closely monitored