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Education Sector

mainGram is delighted to be able to present the education sector with a bespoke report, taking the results of the popular Green Paper 2010, and stripping out the conclusions and statistics that are directly relevant to education caterers.

The issue of global climate change looms large as ever and the foodservice industry has never been more aware of the part it can play in reducing negative impact on the environment. Change needs to happen from the ground up, from food production and supply processes to energy conscious manufacturing, supported by the efforts of operators and consumers.

Overall the Education sector is becoming more proactive on green issues, with a higher number of respondents than in 2008 demonstrating heightened awareness of their responsibilities, the commercial benefits that being green has on their operation and ways to become greener still.

The sector is the most likely to have continued its green activities throughout the recession, even becoming greener still. However, potentially due to the centralised purchasing processes most facilities are bound by, the education sector continues to rely heavily on recycling and the use of biodegradable products, as opposed to concentrating on the use of energy efficient equipment such as refrigeration.

 
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GRAM and the ETL

Awareness of the Energy Technology List (ETL) was demonstrated as being far too low among the catering and hospitality industry in the 2008 Green Paper
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Education Green Paper

In depth analysis of results and conclusions that are directly relevant to the Education sector
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The Gram Education Sector Green Paper makes for an interesting read and it is good to see that initiatives like this are being taken up within the industry and to learn in which areas the education sector is successfully making positive steps to a greener operation - from recycling to procurement and energy consumption - is constructive and encouraging -

However, there are some areas highlighted that still have some way to go - and it is by measuring these achievements that we can clearly identify where work is still required to reach the goal of reducing a school’s negative impact on the environment and operating more sustainable buildings and catering operations.

Working towards a more sustainable future is a joint responsibility and it calls for united effort - from the manufacturers of equipment and food producers to the initiatives employed by local authorities - including staff and pupils at each school.

I look forward to reading the next future issue of The Education Green Paper and comparing what continuing improvements the education sector has achieved.
LACASandra Russell
Chair, LACA (Local Authority Caterers Association)

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