// Central England Co-op sets out plans to achieve a 90% reduction in its carbon footprint by 2030
// The company has planned to save 450,000 tonnes of carbon over 10 years
// This will help the society hit its targets of an 80% reduction in carbon footprint by 2023
Central England Co-op has pledged to achieve a 90 per cent reduction in its carbon footprint by 2030.
The company has planned for a seven-figure investment aimed at saving 450,000 tonnes of carbon over 10 years.
The plans involve a range of initiatives including the use of 100 per cent renewable electricity, utilising new technologies such as low-carbon refrigeration and air conditioning systems, LED lighting, electric company vehicles and home working.
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This will help the society hit its targets of an 80 per cent reduction in carbon footprint by 2023, 85 per cent by 2026 and 90 per cent by 2030. The figure currently stands at 76 per cent.
“We are fully committed to play our part to address the impact of climate change and are pleased to have announced our new strategy for the society which is to achieve a 90% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030,” Central England Co-op chief executive Debbie Robinson said.
“The strategy will be supported by significant investment across the society in energy-efficient equipment, lighting and building design coupled with changes to operational processes.
“This ambitious goal forms part of our new society purpose – ‘Creating a sustainable society for all’ – and showcases how by choosing wisely and always looking for the best solution that will protect our planet, we can ensure we are environmentally sustainable.”
Central England Co-op has already reduced its natural gas usage by 58 per cent since 2010, while its new stores use as little as 50 per cent less electricity.
Central England Co-op energy and environment lead Luke Olly said: “Despite making considerable positive environmental impacts with our efforts in recent years, we never rest on our laurels and are continually working on new ideas and innovations to ensure we continue to make a real impact and difference when it comes to being a sustainable business.
“Our aim to reduce carbon emissions by 90 per cent across our own operations is an industry leading commitment and is a reflection of just how seriously we take our role as an environmentally responsible business.”