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RSL Pioneering Sustainable Practices in the Catering Industry

Posted on 10/04/2024 by Kate Dickinson
Estimated reading time: 2 min read
Categories: Sustainability

In today’s environmental landscape, the issue of carbon emissions is not just significant; it’s urgent. Our planet is at a tipping point, with greenhouse gas emissions accelerating climate change and its devastating impacts on ecosystems, weather patterns, and global temperatures. As the only UK vending supplier to offset its footprint, Refreshment Systems (RSL) recognises the magnitude of this challenge. Our current levels of carbon emissions are unsustainable, demanding immediate and concerted efforts to mitigate their effects.

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The Imperative to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Reducing carbon emissions is not merely an environmental responsibility; it’s a survival imperative. The adverse effects of climate change, including rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and loss of biodiversity, pose a direct threat to our way of life. For RSL, committing to Net Zero by 2045 across all scopes of emissions is not just a target; it’s an ethical commitment to future generations and the planet.

Simple Steps Towards a Greener Future

The journey towards reducing carbon emissions is paved with simple, actionable steps that can lead to significant environmental benefits. For contract caterers and the wider community, embracing sustainable sourcing is key. By prioritising products from ethical and environmentally friendly sources, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint. Moreover, implementing energy-efficient practices in our operations, from vending machines to daily business activities, can further our efforts towards carbon neutrality.

Innovations in Sustainable Equipment

At RSL, we understand the importance of leveraging technology to combat climate change. Our selection of energy-efficient machines are designed to minimise energy consumption without compromising service quality. Additionally, our commitment to waste reduction through recyclable packaging and effective waste management systems underscores our dedication to sustainability. These initiatives are complemented by water-saving technologies and practices that contribute to our overarching goal of reducing carbon emissions.

A Singular Tip for Carbon Emission Reduction

If there’s one piece of advice RSL would offer to individuals and businesses alike, it’s to adopt a mindset of sustainability in every aspect of your operations. From the procurement of goods to the disposal of waste, every decision should be made with the environment in mind.

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“At Refreshment Systems, we are deeply committed to a journey that aims to help reduce any adverse effects we may have on the environment. This commitment has been evident since 2008, when we began our collaboration with a carbon management company to calculate and offset our corporate carbon footprint, thereby achieving carbon neutrality.”

Steve May, Commercial Director, Refreshment Systems.

RSL’s choice to support the Kenyan Energy Efficient Stove Project epitomises this commitment. This pivotal project focuses on constructing energy-saving cooking stoves for villages across Kenya, achieving a remarkable 50% reduction in the need for firewood. This not only prevents carbon emissions from the stoves but also offers families a more cost-effective and time-efficient cooking solution.

As we navigate the challenges of climate change, RSL remains steadfast in its commitment to sustainability. By adopting innovative technologies, prioritising ethical sourcing, and championing energy efficiency, we aim to lead by example in the vending industry. Our efforts extend beyond business operations to encompass a broader commitment to environmental stewardship, ensuring a healthier planet for future generations. Together, we can make a difference, one sustainable step at a time.

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