Fagor Industrial marks Earth Day by highlighting the importance of eco-design and energy management in the hotel sector
Oñati, Guipúzcoa, 19 April 2012. Fagor Industrial, the leading Spanish company that provides total solutions for the hotel, collective catering and laundry sector, has chosen Earth Day, celebrated on 22 April, to highlight both the recent importance placed on eco-design and European regulations on pollution and waste in the hotel and catering sector.
"Initiatives like Earth Day are successful at reminding us, as businesses and individuals, of the need to respect the environment as we do our daily activities", states Kepa Bedialauneta, CEO of Fagor Industrial. "Since the first environmental management regulations were established at the beginning of the 1970s, the world's population has doubled, leaping from 3,600 million to 7,000 million people in 2011. Many of these new inhabitants enjoy, or hope to enjoy, access to the comfort provided by modern technology. This is a huge challenge for manufacturers, who must find ways of minimizing the environmental impact caused by the production and use of our products without reducing their quality."
Kepa Bedialauneta explains that both respect for the environment and continuous research into reducing the consumption of energy and natural resources, and the use of polluting and dangerous substances, have always been set out in Fagor Industrial's quality assurance policy. Furthermore, it was the first company in the Spanish sector to achieve the AENOR N mark (Certified Product - ISO 9001) and be awarded the Registered Company (RC) certificate by the same organisation. To achieve this it was necessary to set up a complete waste management and reduction plan and to invest in installations for the treatment and control of atmospheric emissions, waste dumping and noise. Since then, the company has received numerous awards
for its environmental management in various countries around the world.
"The consumption of energy by machines used in the hotel, restaurant and collective catering sector has continuously reduced over the last few decades. However, European regulations are increasingly demanding, as are clients themselves, who have recognised that respecting the environment translates into greater savings on electricity and gas bills, ultimately providing a greater return on investment. This is why we have launched new, energy-saving product ranges; our dryers save up to 20% of energy, and using the 'eco mode' in our refrigerated cabinets and dishwashers can save up to 27% and 20% respectively. Furthermore, some of our most recently launched products, such as the ADVANCE refrigeration range, contain a large number of recyclable pieces. Kepa Bedialauneta concludes, "We are certain we will continue to fulfil and improve our commitment to clients and partners with every new Earth Day."