Zero-carbon kitchen hits big milestone

23rd June 2021 | Eativity editors

Melbourne’s food community has saved more than 10,000kg in carbon emissions by eating authentic Lebanese cuisine at Australia’s first zero-carbon street food kitchen, atiyah.

Despite opening during a global pandemic and enduring several snap lockdowns, the Melbourne community has rallied behind the pioneering eco-smart off-grid kitchen at Federation Square, helping the team reach the pivotal milestone.

“We’re beyond proud to see our customers hit the 10,000kg target, a milestone that hasn’t been accomplished anywhere else in Australia,” says atiyah’s co-founder Ben Armstrong, who’s proud to show the city a greener, more sustainable approach to hospitality.

“By assessing and quantifying the greenhouse gas emissions of every meal and drink consumed at atiyah through an industry best practice life-cycle assessment, we are able to show customers the carbon emissions they’ve saved with every bite – and we hope more businesses can adopt this type of practice.”

The atiyah team is proud to show that you don’t need emissions to run a kitchen.

atiyah fast facts:

• 10,000kg of carbon emissions have been saved by atiyah diners since November 2020.

• Across the entire business, atiyah has saved more than 500 tonnes in carbon emissions.

• 14312 litres of rainwater have been harvested.

• atiyah has offset 4862kWh with renewable energy.

• 1860kg of waste has been diverted.

atiyah serves traditional recipes based on manakish, a flatbread with locally-sourced toppings and fresh dips.

Expanding the ethos

Recognised as the first hospitality business and start-up in Australia to be certified as carbon neutral by Climate Active – a partnership between the Australian government and Australian businesses to encourage voluntary climate action – atiyah has now also launched Australia’s very first zero-carbon catering service.

The new service will be available for both private and public functions across Melbourne and the outer suburbs – saving carbon emissions, offsetting plastic waste with recycling initiatives and removing organic waste, one event at a time.

“We’re revolutionising street food through our community of amazing people with a passion for saving the planet, and we’re excited to extend our services to continue to show a more sustainable and eco-friendly way of working in the hospitality sector,” Armstrong says.  

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