Whether you retain your catering services as part of your facilities or tender them to out of house catering providers, the carbon impact of the service is becoming an increasingly important consideration. Our Meal Analyser can accommodate multiple providers across multiple schools and provide you with the carbon impact of the service as a whole – including Scope 3 emissions and individual schools. Even better, you can see how different components of your service compare with each other, and you can track your improvement over time.
Trusts are in the enviable position of having more scope in setting the priorities and terms of their procurement and catering service provision than is often the case in the public sector. This provides an opportunity for Trusts to include carbon accounting as an integral part of the catering services that they are managing. Our Meal Analyser has been designed to work with both Trust managers and contract catering providers, to produce carbon impact results of help to different audiences within Trusts.
Increasingly, catering firms are being asked to provide carbon reduction plans, both at tendering stage and within contract.. Our Meal Analyser can provide objective evidence of carbon impact reduction over time, that can turn this into a competitive advantage. Our mechanism for gathering, coding, and analysing data makes it much easier for catering firms to add carbon reporting to their offer, and it helps them support their public sector clients in tackling their own net zero obligations.
Carbon impact operates at all scales. From government departments like the Department of Education and Defra, to sector associations like the Local Authority Caterers Association (LACA) and ASSIST FM (Scotland), efforts are increasing to deliver on the carbon reductions needed to address the climate emergency. Translating policies into practice requires mechanisms for measuring change in a consistent and reliable format. This has always been a key objective for the Meal Analyser design. Drawing from European funded research, the Meal Analyser is able to provide detailed and reliable assessments of carbon impacts across public catering sectors, and act as a mechanism to inform and support future public policymaking.