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Local restaurant doing its bit for environment

Mar 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

LoganBrownMAINWELLINGTON restaurant Logan Brown has recently achieved Enviromark’s bronze standard for lowering its carbon footprint.

The restaurant is among 21 businesses that joined Enviromark, an initiative launched by Greater Wellington Regional Council in June 2009 with the aim of helping businesses to reduce carbon emissions.

The programme has three standards – gold, silver and bronze – accredited by Enviromark that businesses work to achieve.

Logan Brown co-owner and head chef Shaun Clouston ( above right) was asked by the regional council early last year to take part in the eMissions programme.

He says the initial cost of enviro-proofing the restaurant was high, but the restaurant will save money in the long run by being involved.

The restaurant has had all its lights changed to a more energy-efficient alternative, and is in the process of purchasing more environmentally friendly fridges and ovens.

As well as making sure the restaurant is safe for staff and energy efficient, Mr Clouston also purchases fish stock from renewable sources and refuses to serve tuna, as it is becoming endangered.

Businesses involved with eMissions receive access to a business sustainability adviser, who calculates carbon emissions and subjects businesses to energy and waste audits.

Mr Clouston says during one review, the auditor searched through their entire rubbish bin to make sure everything was in order.

Michelle Hayward, a sustainable business facilitator for Greater Wellington Regional Council, says the council has run these types of programmes since 2006 with a high level of success.

“The costs will stay low as our model is to improve our own internal efficiencies.”

She says partnering with other councils and government agencies, as well as asking the businesses involved to pay a joining fee, mean the cost of running the programme is kept low.

Although the programme doesn’t finish till July this year, Ms Hayward says she has already had other businesses asking about the next intake.

The programme is sponsored by Greater Wellington, the Porirua, Hutt and Wellington City Councils, and the Shell New Zealand Sustainability Fund.

Environmental management took up 5% of the council’s $154 million operating expenditure budget in the year to June 2009.

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