GATEGROUP

Gategroup ups its eco commitments

Gategroup is upping its sustainability initiatives both internally and externally and has launched a ONEgate, ONEplanet programme to focus its commitments in key areas.

A spokesman said: “We are working with several trade bodies to understand how inflight catering, and specifically gategroup, can join forces with existing programmes. And because the industry spans different industries and sectors, there are clear opportunities where we can make an impact. We also work closely with our airline customers and partners on a range of sustainable initiatives, to become more sustainable.”

Internally gategroup has created a new framework around sustainability focusing on People, Products and Environment. On products the pledge is to provide pure, healthy and sustainable food choices through culinary innovation and supply chain collaborations, and includes sustainable sourcing, weight reduction and environmentally-conscious equipment solutions. And on the environment the group will aim to minimise waste and food spillage, and reduce its carbon footprint through innovation in production, product design and green technologies through an end-to-end approach.

Zavier Rossinyol, chief executive officer gategroup said: “Focus and industry leadership in sustainability is key for us, and focuses on three key areas: addressing food waste through the use of technology; driving solutions to reduce plastic waste; and implementing the most ecient and sustainable technologies in our units. For example, gategroup company deSter is paving the way in developing sustainable equipment alternatives to single-use plastics through their Environmentally Conscious Design approach. By 2020, we intend 100% of these new product launches to be made of recyclable, recycled or renewable sources that can be recycled or biodegraded. And by 2025, all products should t into the circular economy, either by being recycled or biodegraded. We also work closely with our airline customers on a range of sustainable initiatives, for example addressing the topic of single-use plastic onboard to tackling food waste by using data to understand behaviors that allow us to ensure the right amount of food is put on board. We are also proud of our progress in implementing sustainable operating practices in our facilities, most recently at our new, state-of-the art unit in Coslada (Madrid), Spain. The unit has incorporated elements ranging from solar panels to water reuse to embedding “Intelligent” systems into our processes that lead to great savings in water, chemicals and energy.”

In January 2020 the group became part of the Ellen MacArthur foundation CE100 network, the world’s leading circular economy network. The CE100 network brings together leading business, innovators, cities and governments, universities and thought leaders to collaborate and share challenges, vision and strategies regarding the circular economy.

By 2020 gategroup aims to ensure 100% of its new product launches are made of recyclable, recycled or renewable materials that can be recycled or biodegraded. By 2025 the goal is that all products will fit into the circular economy, either by being recycled or biodegraded.

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