Local Food Economy

Celebrating 17 years of Kate’s Kitchen: a carbon-neutral culinary journey

By Kate Ploughman

Hear from Kate’s Kitchen about their 95% reduction in carbon emissions compared to the hospitality industry standard, achieved through initiatives like renewable energy sourcing, a solar array installation, and transitioning delivery vehicles to electric. This is all while passionately supporting local suppliers and prioritising organic ingredients.

As we step into 2024, we at Kate’s Kitchen are thrilled to celebrate a significant milestone – our 17th anniversary! It’s been an incredible journey filled with culinary adventures, and we’re excited to share some recent developments that highlight our commitment to sustainability and carbon reduction.

Carbon report milestones

One of the key highlights this month has been the analysis of our recent carbon report done by Future Leap. We are proud to announce that, for Scope 1 & 2 within the report, Kate’s Kitchen generates a mere 9g of carbon for every pound spent with us. This is an astounding 95% less than the industry standard for hospitality, which averages 180g per pound according to the ONS standards report.

Our commitment to environmental responsibility extends to our energy sources. All our electricity is supplied by Ecotricity, ensuring it comes from 100% renewable sources. This allows us to declare our electricity as zero emissions under market-based reporting. Furthermore, the installation of a 13.6 kWp solar array in 2022 positions us to potentially reduce location-based emissions by 2.86 tCO2e.

Taking a step further, we’ve made a conscious shift in our delivery fleet, transitioning from diesel to electric vehicles. This switch alone has saved an impressive 5.08 tCO2e. These milestones mark significant strides toward our goal of achieving net zero status at Kate’s Kitchen.

Supporting local: a culinary adventure

A crucial aspect of our commitment to sustainability lies in supporting and sourcing locally. We take great pride in collaborating with a network of outstanding local suppliers. To give you a glimpse of our commitment, we’ve created a supplier map that showcases the origins of all our ingredients. By prioritising local sourcing, we not only contribute to the vibrancy of our community but also significantly reduce our carbon footprint.

Check out our supplier map to see the remarkable journey our ingredients take to reach your plate, and you’ll understand why we are so passionate about keeping it local. Additionally, whenever possible, we opt for organic ingredients, aligning our values with those of environmentally conscious farmers.

As we reflect on 17 years of Kate’s Kitchen, we express our gratitude for your continued support. Together, we are making strides towards a sustainable and carbon-neutral future in the culinary world. Here’s to many more years of delicious meals, shared memories, and a commitment to a greener planet.

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