UK universities sign new food deal

University food and drink in the UK is set to become more sustainable after the announcement of a new sector-backed sustainability partnership.

The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) has announced it will build on its partnership with the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) to launch a new programme to enable UK universities and colleges to feed sustainability into their catering services.

The SRA will provide ratings to universities based on the source of their foods as well as monitoring the energy, waste and water efficiency of cafes and restaurants on campus.

The rating system was developed with support from Plymouth University and the University of Brighton, with 18 further universities and colleges joining the SRA in the last year.

The SRA rating system uses a three-star scale to rate universities considered to be ‘sustainability champions’