What inspired you to support the Food Made Good Awards?
The Food made Good Awards is a tremendous initiative, helping to unite sustainability pioneers across the hospitality industry to drive change.
We jumped at the opportunity to become involved last year when we saw the innovative ideas and initiatives that were being generated by members across the supply chain.
Kingspan’s mission is to preserve water and energy for future generations, but to do this we recognise we need to be part of a broader discussion with likeminded individuals, all of whom are working towards preserving our planet’s resources.
How do you see the category you’re aligning with help accelerate positive change in hospitality?
The ‘Waste no Food’ Award offers support and inspiration to both commercial kitchen owners and those who invest in new catering initiatives to reduce food waste.
The awards are therefore helping to encourage the development of products and services that better serve the needs of the commercial kitchen and ensure that quality produce does not get thrown away. We wholeheartedly acknowledge the work you have done to date and we are delighted to be involved.
What sustainability issue do you expect to rise to the fore in 2020 and why?
Food waste, and specifically fat, oil and grease (FOG), is one of the main causes of the thousands of sewer blockages in the UK every year. We’ve all seen the coverage of ‘fatbergs’ in the national press.
But it is no exaggeration to say, however unsavoury, that these are just the tip of a very large iceberg.
Sewer blockages are reaching epidemic proportions and their effects are far-reaching. They are hugely disruptive for local homes and businesses, as well as a public health risk – we all depend on sewers for safe living conditions, sanitation and a clean water supply.
Unfortunately – and despite all the warnings that have been issued – we are expecting things to continue to get worse until legislation is in place to standardise the management of FOG and clear guidelines are set for equipment requirements.