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RESTAURANTS AND CATERING

7. Ensure Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern Energy for All

Reduce energy waste at restaurant establishments

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SDG Alignment

Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target

7.2

By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

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Category Assessment

Assessment

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(1) Identify the biggest energy consumption appliances or products within the organization.
(2) Assess the viability of implementing energy-saving upgrades to the identified appliances, some examples are LED lighting retrofits, energy-efficient appliance upgrades, HVAC upgrades, and employee behavior changes.
a) Estimates to upgrade to a new system and energy savings can be done using this calculator. (https://www.energy.gov/eere/femp/energy-and-cost-savings-calculators-energy-efficient-products)
b) Energy simulation program to perform cost and energy comparison of upgrading your HVAC can be done using the EnergyPlus tool.
(3) Conduct research on potential government rebate programs in your area as many cities offer such rebates for companies who take action to make energy-efficient changes within their organization.

Opportunity

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Business:
Cost-benefit; The use of energy-efficient equipment will save on energy which will decrease energy costs in the long term. Additionally, the prospect for government rebates with equipment upgrades is an attractive cost savings opportunity.
Marketing benefit; The implementation of more energy-efficient equipments can be promoted to bring about significant positive effects on brand image.

Sustainability:
Energy waste reduction; Switch to more energy-efficient equipment, will significantly reduce energy waste and minimize consumption.

Strategy Build & Execution

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(1) Assess through the preliminary evaluations of existing systems/equipment/appliances in the house. This step is crucial to understand and compare the energy use of each type of equipment. This calculator can be used: (https://www.energy.gov/eere/femp/energy-and-cost-savings-calculators-energy-efficient-products)
(2) Conduct research to identify potential energy-efficient equipment upgrades. Identify the segment that has the highest opportunity to have energy savings and the highest potential cost savings associated with them.
(3) Identify the options to gain value from government rebates for energy-efficient equipment upgrades.
(4) Perform the upgrades on high impact areas.
(5) Train team and staff members to understand the purpose and benefits of such upgrades.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

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(1) Negotiate with existing/potential suppliers on the value-adding elements such as shipping and handling, installation, and disposal of end-of-life supplies.
(2) Establish in the contract the various supplier performance measures which would be tracked.
(3) In contract, request suppliers to apply for ENERGY STAR certification, or ensure that they follow guidelines as mentioned in the production process of the products. This gives them the opportunity to have more leverage with other clients and provide you discounts for the initiative.

Supplier Performance & Management

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Regularly follow up with the suppliers of their energy efficient products and ensure that they follow the ENERGY STAR guidelines.
Integrate the reporting of CO2 emission reductions into the annual supplier performance management.
Schedule meetings accordingly with stakeholders to group align on the energy efficiency goals.

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