With climate change and melting polar ice comes rising sea levels. Globally, sea levels are projected to rise between 0.25m and 0.76m towards the end of the century. When 30% of Singapore lies less than 5m above the main sea level the rising sea level will change our landscape, especially in the coastal areas, and biodiversity of this island drastically. This will directly impact our current and children’s lives.
“With all waste or pollution, someone somewhere pays for it.”
It will take you and me, acting collectively to make a difference to the environment around us. Businesses and business leaders today must also get involved.
This series (SILENT Green Revolutions) brings awareness to the movements in Singapore towards greater sustainability and ‘green revolutions’ that are making a difference to the world.
From green meal packaging to the rise of fair-trade practices, the world is changing in ways that matter to all of us.
In all economies, the spread of new technology and innovations start at the top; Big industrial giants and investors fund research and start-ups to come up with cleaner and greener solutions to existing problems and solutions. These new technology trickles down smaller firms and brick and mortar stores, finally becoming part and parcel of our everyday life.
Singapore’s Food and Beverage (F&B) sector is a growing one, serving as a vital component of the country’s tourism industry. Being ranked as the top three major eating capitals in the Asia Pacific region, the government’s vision of the future of the F&B sector would be one that is able to deliver excellent service standards and a reputable industry image.
Some of the key issues faced by the industry comprise of low service levels, low adoption of IT and technology to streamline business operations and difficulties in expansion due to high operating costs. These obstacles ultimately lead to higher labour cost, unnecessary wastage and inconsistent service levels.
When it comes to hospitality, every food and beverage (F&B) company aims to deliver the best atmosphere, ambience and charm. However, achieving excellence in such aspect requires more than just a well-designed interior, technology also plays a crucial role. One such example is the adoption of Green Kitchen Automation.
Green Kitchen Automation serves to improve traffic regulation in an ultra-modern kitchen by streamlining kitchen activities carried out by various multi-cuisine restaurants located around the globe. Some of the major advantages of green kitchen automation include increased service efficiency, real-time analysis, and cost-savings.
While we are unable to exhaust the entire list of kitchen automation tools, we can classify them into three key functions:
1. E-Ordering which serves to reduce ordering and waiting time for customers and improve organization and delivery by the back end kitchen.
2. Automated Washing aimed at facilitating the process of washing and drying of dishes in the kitchen
3. Waste management to be improved with machines that efficiently deals with food waste and get rids of them in an environmentally friendly way
Here are some technological tools that can help reduce manual labour and save on energy use:
E- Ordering: Tableside Systems
Commonly adopted in fast food restaurants such as Macdonald, this system captures real-time food orders from customers and is directly captured in the kitchen display screen. This improves turn over time and efficiency level in both the kitchen and in the dining area.
Automated Washing: Pelletised washers
These machine blasts pellets at food debris then wash the dishes, eliminating the need for the use of manual labour. In addition to reducing staff cost and delivering quicker turnaround, it offers water savings of up to 90 percent.
Waste Management: The ORCA
The ORCA is a waste management system that “ingests” food wastes and then converting them into environmentally safe water that is discharged into the sewage system. Benefits include pest control, cost savings from removing the need for manual labour and waste disposal services.
The F&B industry is constantly changing and companies cannot continue doing as they are. It is highly likely that automation will completely replace customer service and human interaction; companies need to recognise the wider shifts in the industry such consumer’s preferences for convenience and quality service.
Even in the kitchen, which is commonly put on display in many restaurants, stand to benefit from automation. By embracing automation tools and devices, companies stand to gain from greater customer satisfaction, lower cost and higher efficiency level.
GasHub Utility, as a multi-utility company, aims to be at the forefront of bringing Singapore into a sustainable capital of the world.
GasHub is a multi-utility company – we power industrial, commercial and residential customers with natural gas to meet their electricity, heating and cooling needs. We are the first virtual pipeline distributor for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in Singapore since March this year.
We believe in the sustainable use of energy and raising energy efficiency so that we consume less resources. Amongst all fuel sources, natural gas is the least polluting natural resources as it burns clean. Because it comes in a liquefied form, it occupies 300 times lesser space than other fuel storage tanks.
Currently, natural gas powers 95% of Singapore’s electricity.
However, the power grid has an energy efficiency of only 40%. Half of the energy produced by natural gas will be released as waste heat at power stations, and more energy is lost during transmission to the consumer. This is not a sustainable model for power generation. Moreover, the highly polluting Compressed Petroleum Gas (CPG) or Town Gas still powers most households in Singapore.
What we believe in
We believe all businesses should switch to natural gas. We should use LNG as a bridge towards a more sustainable future. Instead of the centralised power generation, big energy consumers should use decentralised grids that will help them reduce 30% of the energy wastage and cost. This conversion is a huge leap in the right direction.