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Earth Overshoot Day    

The 2nd August 2017 marks Earth Overshoot Day - the day by which the human race will have used more of Earth's natural resources than the planet can renew in the whole year. Put simply, we use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate and this puts the Earth on an unsustainable trajectory. Through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester, humans are demanding more from the earth than it can produce.

Every natural resource that we use from this day - 2 August - onwards is in effect unsustainable in the long term. Over the course of a year we use 170 per cent of the world's natural output. Earth Overshoot Day comes far earlier in the year than it did a decade ago when we used just 144 per cent of the Earth's biocapacity.

However, this is still double the 78 per cent that was used in 1963. Currently, carbon emissions make up 60 per cent of humanity’s Ecological Footprint. If carbon emissions were cut in half, the date of Earth Overshoot Day would be pushed back by 89 days, or about three months. In November 2016, 190 countries' commitment to maintaining global warming below the two degree Celsius threshold was ratified.

Imperfect as it may be, the Paris Climate Accord generated global goodwill and hope that humanity was ready at last to tackle its biggest challenge yet. However, the deal suffered a huge blow in June when Trump announced his plans to withdraw from the agreement. Of the World's larger nations the USA makes the second largest demand on the Earth's resources, operating at five times the biocapacity of the US. This is second only to Australia. The Global Footprint Network has also produced a calculator that allows you to track what impact your own actions have on the world's natural resources at www.footprintcalculator.org.

The new Footprint Calculator allows users to measure their own demand on nature (Ecological Footprint) and assess their personal Earth Overshoot Day. A user’s personal Earth Overshoot day is the date Earth Overshoot Day would be if all people had their Footprint.

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EPAS Ltd awarded NSF Mechanical Plumbing Certification    

Adding to their international Product Certifications / Approvals from PDI, CSA, ASME, UL and (Danish and Swedish and Norwegian) Environmental Products & Services ltd, ( EPAS )  are now pleased to have been awarded NSF Mechanical Plumbing certification for both of its facilities.

C0335530 - Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
C0336182 - Manchester, United Kingdom

All GreaseShield Models comply with NSF standards and will now bear cNSF and/or the cNSFus Mark and are Certified to the Uniform Plumbing Code™

The NSF certification mark on a product means that the product complies with all standard requirements. NSF conducts periodic unannounced inspections and product testing to verify that the product continues to comply with the standard. The mark also provides:

  • Knowledge that an impartial review against established criteria or guidelines has been conducted
  • Evidence that product labelling and claims have been objectively reviewed by a trusted third party
  • A way to differentiate our product from our competitors.
  • Evidence of our organization’s company-wide commitment to quality, compliance and safety
  • Backing by a team of professionals dedicated to public health and safety operating in more than 170 countries around the world

The NSF mark is your assurance that the product has been tested by one of the most respected independent certification organizations in existence today. It is valued by consumers, manufacturers, retailers and regulatory agencies worldwide.

     
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About NSF

Manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to NSF International for the development of public health standards and certification programs that help protect the world’s food, water, consumer products and environment. NSF’s mission is to protect and improve global human health. As an independent, accredited organization, NSF develop standards, and test and certify products and systems. Providing auditing, education and risk management solutions for public health and the environment.

     

CESA tells UK Government:we need trade and we need voice in Europe, post-Brexit - March 15 2016

CESA met with Lord Bridges at 9 Downing Street to present the catering equipment industry’s position on Brexit.  Lord Bridges is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union.

  CESA

The meeting was ‘very positive’, according to Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA.  “The government are keen to engage with our industry, they want to know about the sector and what it needs,” he said. Alongside Roberts at the meeting, and representing the catering equipment industry, were Lord Trefgarne, patron of CESA, Keith Warren, director of CESA, and Phil Williams and Richard Cromwell, who are both on the CESA Council. 

During the meeting, the discussions ranged from the big picture – Lord Bridges stated that the government aims to have reached an agreement about our future partnership with the EU by the time the two-year Article 50 process has concluded – to the specific, including the employment needs of the sector and CESA’s request that self-certification should remain in place for UK companies to CE mark equipment (excluding gas equipment).

“Lord Bridges understands that it’s critical that we get clarity on exactly what catering equipment companies will need to do to sell into Europe, post-Brexit,” says Roberts.  “Just as important is the question of how we can influence EU policy if we don’t have a seat at the table.  For example, currently we are involved in the continuing development of MEPS tests, under the Ecodesign Directive.  If we’re not involved, European manufacturers will impose their preferred test standards, without any input from British companies. We also discussed CESA’s desire for the UK to develop our own policies in these areas, ensuring we are keeping pace with the EU, and the importance CESA places on government prioritising this. 

The meeting follows the Government’s publication of the green paper, Building Our Industrial Strategy.

     
GreaseShield - EN1825 Certified    

Environmental Products and Services Ltd have been awarded EN1825 certification (www.sintefcertification.no) to our GS1850 range, adding to our international certifications:

ASME A112.14.3-2000 Testing of Grease Interceptors, ASME A112.14.4-2001 Grease Removal Devices, CSA B481.0-2012 Testing of Grease Interceptors, CSA B481.1-2012 Testing and Rating of Grease Interceptors using Lard, CSA B481.5-2012 Testing and Rating of Grease Interceptors Equipped with a Grease Removal Device & PDI G 101. UL Approved (File No: E361705). Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and EMC directive 2004/108/EC.

  EN1825 Cerfified
     
INdustry, Food and Drink, Team

Why is the issue of FOG so cloudy for restaurant operators?

GreaseShield system provider, Environmental Products & Services (EPAS), does not think the GCA will benefit the industry and isn’t a member. EPAS’ UK and export sales manager, Gareth O’Neill, comments: “Currently the membership is made up of grease equipment manufacturers and service companies who will serve to protect their own interests and not provide a cost-effective solution to the customers.”

William Clark, MD of grease trap manufacturer Aluline, agrees: “The FOG debate has too many vested interest parties all trying to gain financial incentive. The actual concept of the GCA is sound, however the ‘experts’ are divided as to financial advantage.”

  FOG in Drain

EPAS’ O’Neill believes the issue of fats, oils and grease in the drainage network can be solved by installing effective grease management equipment at the point of source that can connect to sinks, dishwashers, combi ovens and floor drains: “Utilising equipment that is correctly sized, installed and maintained — and is accredited and certificated to international standards — will lead to the reduction of FOG discharged to drain.”

EPAS is working with the European FOG Association to develop international standards and accreditation around the performance of grease management to produce a standard for the industry to work to. “The first grease product test rig to test to European and USA standards has been established in Stockport,” says O’Neill.

  • Blockages account for 80% of sewer flooding incidents in the UK
  • There are approximately 366,000 sewer blockages throughout the UK every year, of which up to 80% are caused by fats, oils and grease and other unflushable items
  • Approximately £88m is spent annually on reactive blockage clearance nationwide, with further costs for clean-up after flooding incidents.
  • Through sewer flooding, FOG build-up is indirectly responsible for many cases of property damage and pollution incidents.

Source - Food Service Equipment Journal

SafeContractor

October 2016

EPAS has successfully been awarded accreditation by Safe Contractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Safe Contractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Click to view Safecontractor Accreditation

Altius

The company has achieved the status of Assured Vendor, Elite Vendor and Construction, in addition to previous achievement of CDM (Construction Design and Management) Vendor.

Click to view Alitus Accreditations

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Integrated Management Systems

We are pleased to advise that effective from 31st August 2016, EPAS was certified by Exovo BM Trada to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001: 2015 and OHSAS 18001 : 2007.

During the first quarter of 2017 it is the intention to seek certification to ISO 17025 for the company’s laboratories in Stockport and Carnbane as well as achieve ISO 27001 certification to ensure our reputation for effective IT security for our customers and the company.

  EPAS New ISO Standards
     
The World's First Green Eco Greasetrap

Our GreaseShield units are now Green Tag Certified.

  • GreenTag is a unique, independent third party, green building and other sustainable product rating and certification program based on life cycle assessment (LCA);
  • Its advanced, robust ‘beyond LCA’ certification methodology is a world first;
  • GreenTag makes deciding which eco-friendly products to use easy;
  • All the research, analysis and reviewing of standards is done for you;
  • GBCA and GBCNZ recognised.
 

The World's First Green Eco Greasetrap

Download our Certificate

Key Certification Criteria

  1. Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Building Code of Australia compliant
    • Certified Environmental Management System
    • Complies with Australian law
    • Environmental Management System
    • Fit for Purpose certified
    • Manufacturer take back policy
    • Replacement parts available
  2. Health & Ecotoxicity
    • Considered safe to use
  3. Life Cycle Analysis – Greenhouse Gas
    • Energy efficient
  4. Life Cycle Analysis – Resources
    • Designed for recycling or reuse
Find out more about Global GreenTag
GreenTAG Cert

Brexit

Over the last 4 years (between 2012 to 2015 inclusive) the UK has imported £283,602,000,000 (£284 billion) more from the rest of the EU than the UK and NI have exported to the EU resulting in an average trade deficit with the EU Member States of £71 billion p.a. and increasing at an average rate of 10.71% per annum.

There is much talk about the Single Market and implied threats to the effect that the UK and N.I. will be punished for having the temerity to democratically express its wishes to leave.

If we assume that EU Member States will act in their best interests, will the EU Member states vote to impose duties and restrictions on the import of UK & NI goods and invite retaliatory sanctions?

Will sensible people support the currently expressed hard line attitudes of dignitaries such as the Luxembourg President of the EU Commission Mr Juncker, Mr Verhofstadt, a former prime minister of Belgium representing the European parliament on Brexit, EU Council President Mr Tusk from Poland and Mr Holland, the French President?

The French economist, Frederic Passy, (in the 1840s) concluded that with freedom of trade would come a world of peace and international tranquillity. 

"Some day all barriers will fall; some day mankind, constantly united by continuous transactions, will form just one workshop, one market, and one family. . .

And this is . . . the grandeur, the truth, the nobility, I might almost say the holiness of the free-trade doctrine; by the prosaic but effective pressure of [material] interest it tends to make justice and harmony prevail in the world."

Free Trade brings peace.

The UK & NI tourist, leisure and hospitality sectors will show significant growth.

Demand for products manufactured in the UK & NI will increase.

New jobs will be created as the manufacturing sector grows to meet demand.

Innovation and new product development in the UK & NI are being stimulated by measures such as R&D Tax Reliefs and Patent Box Reliefs.

The relatively benign corporate taxation scheme in the UK & NI will attract inward investment.

There is nothing to fear from Brexit.

Let us work with our European Friends and Friends around the World

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EPAS support Rosies Trust

The directors of EPAS Ltd., are delighted to support Rosies Trust, who supply a voluntary service to pet owners who are terminally ill, to find out more visit rosiestrust.org.

Rosie’s Trust is a unique Northern Ireland charity, officially registered with the Northern Ireland Charity Commission in April 2015.

Their mission is to maintain and support the special relationship and bond between owners and their companion pets, when this relationship is threatened by the impact of the owner’s terminal illness, advancing age or acute cancer treatment. Their principle aim is to enable the owner and their pet to stay together. Their services are offered at no cost.

  Rosies Trust

Earth Overshoot Day - 8th Aug 2016 - the day we used up a full year’s worth of Earth’s resources in just over 7 months - 8th Aug 2016

Earth “overshoot day”, marks the date at which humanity’s demand on the planet exceeds that which it can regenerate in a year.

Back in the 1960s, we only used about three-quarters of the earth’s annual replaceable resources.

But since the 1970s, economic and population booms combined with modern consumer demands have meant the planet has subsequently been in annual overshoot.

In 1993, Earth overshoot day fell on October 21.

In 2003 it fell on September 22 and last year on August 13.

Global Footprint Network, which measures the world’s demand for resources against ecosystems’ ability to supply them uses United Nations data on thousands of economic sectors, including the energy industry, transport, fisheries and forestry, and calculates the number of days of the year the earth is able to provide resources for humanity’s ecological footprint.

The remainder of the year corresponds to global overshoot.

According to the Global Footprint Network, greenhouse gas emissions are the largest and fastest-growing environmental impact, accounting for 60 per cent of humanity’s entire ecological footprint.

www.overshootday.org

  Earth Overshoot Day - Today!

Codsall restaurant convicted for blocking sewers with fat, oil and grease.

October 7, 2016 

Severn Trent Water (STW) has successfully prosecuted a Codsall restaurant in a ‘landmark case’ for blocking the sewers with fat, oil and grease (FOG)– which led to nearby businesses being unable to flush their toilets.


Café Saffron in Church Rd, Codsall, was today ordered to pay a total of £5,495, including costs, at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court. This is only the second example of such a case being brought in the UK, and it’s a first for Severn Trent.


Under section 111 of the Water Industry Act, it is an offence to discharge anything into the sewer that may interfere with the free flow. In this case, blockages had been reported on several occasions, with complaints from neighbouring businesses that they couldn’t flush their toilets. The restaurant was found to be the cause of the blockage with fat used in cooking being put down the drain and into the sewer where it coagulated and caused the blockages. Severn Trent visited the premises on several occasions, sent various letters and had many conversations with the restaurant owners, asking for grease traps to be installed and warning of the consequences, but the owners refused.

Emma FitzGerald, Managing Director of Wholesale Operations for Severn Trent Water, commented:

“The verdict, in this case, is an important milestone for us, and we really want this to make other companies think about what they are doing with regards to disposing of fats, oils and grease and how it impacts our customers. We clear around 45,000 blockages a year and fat contributes to the majority of those, as it binds together all the other things that end up in the sewer rather than the bin and creates huge lumps which block the sewers. This is totally avoidable and in this case, simply installing a small grease trap could have prevented the situation. Legal action is a last resort for us, but our customers shouldn’t have to suffer because of the actions of one business not following the rules and ignoring our advice.”

The restaurant has, following the conviction today, committed to install a properly sized grease trap

 

  Cafe Saffron blocked sewer

Commercial Kitchen 2016

Environmental Products and Services Ltd., are delighted to be attending Commercial Kitchen 2016 a new and exciting trade event dedicated to the commercial kitchen industry.

The show will be hosted at the NEC Birmingham, Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th June, come and see us on stand F13

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The Clink's Alberto Crisci shortlisted for €100,000 Basque Culinary World Prize

The Clink's Alberto Crisci has made the finals of the Basque Culinary World Prize, a €100,000 (£76,000) award for chefs who have helped make a better society through food. Crisci, now a Member of the British Empire (MBE), is the only UK-based chef on the shortlist.

According to competition rules, winners must ‘demonstrate how gastronomy can be a powerful force for change: those men or women whose impact can be felt beyond the kitchen.’

Since The first Clink Restaurant was opened in May 2009 they have trained over 500 prisoners and released 106 Clink Graduates. To date only 6 graduates have reoffended compared to the national average of 46.9% of ex-offenders reoffending within the first year of release. EPAS have actively supported the charity since 2012 and contributed majorly to a foodservice industry donation to the forward-thinking charity. Being as much invested in our humanitarian efforts as our environmental responsibilities, we were delighted to receive a letter of thanks from Chris Moore, chief executive of the charity. “Thank you for your continued generous support and for supplying The Clink Training Restaurants at HMP Cardiff and HMP Brixton with a total of six GreaseShields and support to maintain them. Your donation has assisted The Clink Charity to continue to reduce UK reoffending rates by providing training restaurants in prisons. Many thanks for your continued support.” The Clink Charity aims to open 10 more restaurants by 2017.

For the full article visit - thecaterer.com

  The Clink

EPAS Live on CaterQuotes

Environmental Products and Services Ltd., are pleased to annouce that we are now live on CaterQuotes.

CaterQuotes is a dedicated online catalogue and quotation application for the Catering Equipment Industry Professional. CaterQuotes will also have all our Technical Documents, Manuals, CAD Symbols, and Product Videos. http://www.caterquotes.co.uk

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GreaseShield Attend RFMA

GreaseShield were delighted to attend the Restaurant Facility Management Association's (RFMA) Conference in Nashville, a premier annual event for restaurant facility professionals to gather with peers, vendors and other industry-shapers under one big roof!

Team EPAS would like to thank everyone they met at the conference

... see you next year!

 

  RFMA 2016

GreaseShield Returns to Hotelympia

Environmental Products and Services Ltd., return again to Hotelympia the UK’s largest foodservice and hospitality event at ExCel, London, an effective platform to reach senior buyers from across the industry. This year there were 32,609 profssionals in attendance. Team EPAS were glad to be part of it.

... See you in 2018?

  Hotelympia 2016

FCSI UK Branch Shut Down

The FCSI UK and Ireland will cease to exist as a body from December 31st after the chapter was sensationally voted out of the association by members of the regional EAME (Europe, Africa and Middle East) division to which it belongs.

The shock move follows a dispute between the UK chapter and EAME over the value that UK consultants receive from belonging to the division. Collectively the UK branch contributes £25,000 a year to EAME to support its running, but it has been arguing for more clarity over what members get in return. ... continue reading

 

  FCSI

HOST - Fiero Milano

This year we are attending the 39th International Hospitality Exhibition in Fiero Milano, Italy. In 2013 EPAS-Ltd won the Smart Label Award for Environmental Sustainability & Functional Innovation.

To view more on this event - click here

  HOST Milan 2015
 
 

 

 
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