Green Kitchen Standards

The Green Kitchen Standard requirements were developed with the Carbon Trust, with a flexible framework that aligns with the areas that caterers have control of.


Points are awarded to caterers based on actions taken to reduce energy, water and waste. Some suggestions of ways to score points are:

GKS Areas to Score Points

How we set the Green Kitchen Standard

The Green Kitchen Standard has been years in the making, drawing on our expert technical advice and further improved by an extensive pilot stage where we tested the methodology in a number of working catering environments. The process ensures that the Green Kitchen Standard reflects best practice requirements in carbon, energy, water and waste, specifically tailored to caterers, whilst still being practical and achievable.

The Green Kitchen Standard has also been aligned with the Resource Efficiency section of DEFRA’s Balanced Scorecard for the benefit of public sector caterers.

Download the standards

Download the full Soil Association Green Kitchen Standard handbook. Use the handbook to find suggestions on meeting our standards and guidance for the inspection.


Green Kitchen Standard Handbook