A Greener, More Profitable Kitchen

– by Ken Lynch (Business Develop Manager @ Bunzl CDS)


An interesting article in yesterdays media highlights the increasing need for energy efficiencies which will be led by regulation from Europe.

For commercial kitchen operators this is particularly relevant due to the high consumption of energy usage in operational costs.


Already new energy efficiency regulations are due to come into effect this summer with EU guidelines requiring Energy Labelling of all commercial Refrigeration units. The new label is based on a EU ECO-design requirement which sets Minimum Energy Performance standards for commercial refrigeration cabinets sold within the EU. In practice this will mean that all products which consume energy above the minimum level will not be able to be sold within the EU from 1 July 2016.

When purchasing a new piece of capital equipment for your commercial kitchen it is wise to look at the long term energy costs. The initial cost of the unit, be it a refrigerator, dishwasher, combi oven or new range is a small fraction of the lifetime cost once energy usage has been factored in.

According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI):

“Catering equipment typically has a long life span of 10 – 15 years and is usually highly energy intensive. In many cases, running costs are 5 – 10 times more than capital costs”.

Lets consider that for a moment.. if you spend €3,000.00 on a new Hood Type Dishwasher the running costs could amount to €30,000.00. So a Dishwasher that can offer an energy saving of just 10% would pay for itself over the course of its lifetime. Any additional energy saving is money gained.

Market leading manufacturers have paid attention to which way the wind is blowing and are adapting their machines to suit.

  • Rational with their SCC White Efficiency Combi Ovens
  • Winterhalter with their new award winning Climate+ Dishwasher
  • Gram with their award winning Superior Plus Refrigeration, the most efficient refrigerator on the market with an Energy Efficiency class A and an Energy Efficiency index of 20.9!

What does this all mean for end users? Put simply it means more profit.

A smart investment in energy efficient equipment can equate to tens of thousands of Euro in savings over the course of your kitchens lifetime; meaning more money for your business and you.

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Ken Lynch
Ken LynchBusiness Development Manager