Restaurant industry signs on to energy-efficiency pact
Flanders’ catering industry uses a massive amount of electricity, and the sector federation is working with the government to address the issue
The current government of Flanders adopted an ambitious energy policy in 2014. That included the offer to large businesses and whole sectors to help make them more energy efficient.
Flanders counts some 30,000 food and drink businesses – from frietkots to three-star restaurants – which together consume a massive amount of energy. The agreement with Horeca Vlaanderen is the first EBO – energy policy agreement – to be reached with an entire business sector.
“Efficiency is the top priority of Flanders’ energy policy,” Tommelein said. “This agreement allows us to realise concrete energy savings in smaller businesses. Horeca Vlaanderen promises to bring 2,000 businesses to better energy efficiency in two years. This is a win-win situation for everyone.”
Horeca Vlaanderen will provide a member of staff to guide catering businesses towards energy efficiency depending on the needs and abilities of the business. Examples of saving measures include LED lighting, insulation of warm water and heating ducts and covering heating installations with insulating foil.
“Other useful investments can be added during the project,” said Horeca Vlaanderen managing director Danny Van Assche.
Photo: Energy minister Bart Tommelein (left) and Horeca Vlaanderen managing director Danny Van Assche
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