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Sustainability Leaders Awards 2012


erate behaviour suffers in a economic downturn; the opposite is often the case because reduced consumption increases savings.


proves the theory that responsible coop- to 588,174 tonnes CO2


targets to produce 25% of its electric- ity usage by 2017 and by 2020 to reduce emissions by 50%. Although the Co-operative has sub- stantially increased its turnover since 2006, across a 5,000 plus estate, it has also managed to reduce its energy con- sumption by 36% – from 934,104 tonnes of CO2


. This dis-


In addition, the company has reduced refrigeration leakage emissions from its food stores and distribution centres by 53% and cut its transport-related emis- sions by 34%. The Co-operative knows it has a long way to go to halve its emissions but it remains hopeful – citing its variety of carbon cutting techniques, from the spectacular to the everyday. “Achieving a 50% reduction in green- house gas emissions by 2020 requires a huge programme of work across all aspects of our operations. Projects under- way range from the massive, such as the construction of our new ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ head office in Manchester, to the seemingly mundane such as put- ting doors on ‘open’ refrigeration units in 2,000 stores by 2020, potentially saving 20% of the energy used by each store,” the company said. The success of the Co-operative’s car- bon cutting policies are a result of train- ing its staff at grass roots level, as well as utilising a head office based team that


manages its overall energy programme. The company invested £13 million this year in energy efficiency store features, demonstrating a dedicated commitment to carbon cutting.


These features include the installation of LED lighting in store and in fridge cabinets, and introducing fridges that run on hydrocarbons.


JUDGES COMMENTS: The Co-op’s carbon management initiative is fully rounded, and covers everything including doors on fridges, employee training, investment in renewables, corporate reporting and, crucially, a willingness to look at what’s going wrong as well as what’s going right. It’s systematic, it’s specific, there’s measurement in place and it demonstrates results clearly


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