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Fats, Oil and Grease Forum

The industry initiative on Fats, Oils and Grease management launched by Martin Fairley of ACO at the recent Cranfield University FOG conference has now gained considerable momentum through the efforts of a group of enthusiastic supporters from industry. The FOG Forum will be hosted by British Water's Technical Forum and will be chaired by Phill Mills of Policy Consulting Network.

A recent meeting at British Water's London offices saw key participants agree to constitute the forum and work together on stated objectives. A steering group will comprise of trade associations and professional bodies with support from government, BSI and academia. Those already supporting the initiative are:

  • British Water
  • Water UK
  • CEDA (Catering Equipment Distributors Association)
  • CESA (Catering Equipment Suppliers Association)
  • CIEH (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health)
  • CIPHE (Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering)
  • BHA (British Hospitality Association)
  • FCSI (Foodservice Consultants Society Int.)
  • CLG (Communities and Local Government)
  • BSI (British Standards Institution)
  • SNAP (Sewerage Network Abuse Prevention)
  • Thames Water
  • South West Water
  • United Utilities
  • Cranfield University
  • Water Research Centre
  • ACO
  • Compliance Consulting
  • Policy Consulting Network

  • The steering group will establish a number of working groups to resolve issues 'in a transparent, collective and structured manner' associated with these compounds.

    The forum will benefit from a systems approach and technical analysis of the problems, with interested parties sought from all points to the wastewater chain, from design, through construction and operational perspectives.

    "This is to ensure that solutions implemented at any point of the chain do not impact negatively elsewhere" comments Martin Fairley.

    With early support from the hospitality and catering sector, a quick win initiative will focus on producing accessible guidance for those involved in the selection and operation of kitchen- and building-based FOG management solutions. It is expected much can be achieved through continuous educational programmes which will influence behaviour and underline the importance of basics such as removing food residue before washing.

    The FOG forum will shortly publish proposals for working groups, aiming for an early start. The forum has established that many aspects of the FOG problem require further research in order to be fully understood and these will be addressed by the working group which will be tasked with short-, medium- and long term-objectives.

    For more general information or information on joining the FOG Forum please contact:

    Ian Bernard
    Technical Manager at British Water,
    1 Queen Anne's Gate,
    London SW1H 9BT

    Email: ian.bernard@britishwater.co.uk

    For further information please email British Water

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