Warewashing company Meiko UK has taken the first step in implementing a carbon offset programme for every road, air and freight mile undertaken on behalf of the company. Several of the firm’s energy, chemical and sustainable kitchen food waste products will automatically qualify for ’footprint points’ that convert into pounds for the Meiko UK Carbon Offset Fund. At the end of the year, proceeds from the fund will be distributed to a number of organisations that actively contribute to reducing CO2 in the atmosphere, whether in support of replacing non-renewable fuel projects, forest restoration or energy efficiency.

A whole range of equipment will qualify for this initiative, including the CSS Topan 80% detergent saving system; heat pumps delivering between 7kW and 42kW energy saving; the Airbox Plus cooled air distribution module and the kitchen food waste, dewatering and vacuum waste removal appliances.

It is envisaged that, by the end of 2008, the total points accrued will reach a figure in the region of £15,000 to be credited to the Carbon Offset Fund. Companies who purchase relevant Meiko equipment will be contributing to saving energy, says the firm.