GS-46, which is based on real data on the environmental impacts of restaurants and food services including the impacts of food, energy and water use and supplies, provides a comprehensive framework to guide operations on how to reduce their environmental impacts, the release stated.
According to the release, GS-46 was first published in May 2009 and was developed with input from over 100 stakeholders including industry trade groups, operators, suppliers, academia and environmental and health organizations.
Dr. Arthur Weissman, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Green Seal®, said: "Green Seal is proud to have this important standard approved by ANSI. ANSI approval validates the consensus and procedural processes used by Green Seal in developing GS-46 as an American National Standard."
The more than 40 Green Seal standards, which comply with Global Ecolabelling Network
criteria, are developed using a credible and transparent process and have been applied to more than 3,300 products and services, the release added.