By Elin Pheasant, Environment & Sustainability Manager

Here at Co-op we’re fully committed to taking action on climate change by making improvements to our operations and products to reduce our carbon emissions.

Having already invested millions into this we’re continuing to invest in carbon saving solutions and we’ve set science-based targets which give us clear milestones on our journey to becoming a net zero business.

So far we’ve reduced the carbon emissions from running our stores, trucks, funeral homes, offices and buildings by 47% from 2016 to 2020, and more than 70% since 2006 but it doesn’t stop there.

Our funeral homes now celebrate 10 years of carbon neutrality and can offer more choices than ever for personalised eco-friendly funerals, we’ve also introduced our very first electric hearse!

In food stores we’re investing millions in LED lighting, better fridges, and improved cooling systems and all our new stores will include energy efficient equipment and have zero fossil fuel heating.

We also use technology to constantly monitor and reduce energy use in our food stores, and with the ongoing expansion of our online and home delivery offer we plan to have 100% of our home delivery vehicles fully electric by 2025.

All Co-op operations use 100% renewable electricity, including from the five UK wind farms we helped to develop, and through Co-op Power we help other businesses meet their sustainability goals.

Reaching net zero emissions is an ongoing challenge for retailers with the use of HGV’s for deliveries and distribution but we’re continuing to do all we can to protect our planet.

You can find out more and read about our ten-point climate plan here. If you’d like to see how you can get involved, head over to Co-op – Count Us In | Count Us In and make a pledge to help fight climate change.

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  1. Great to see the coop championing the environment. I have a question, I work in a depot, we have a huge roof and an elevated position, couldn’t we put solar panels on the roof and have a couple of wind turbines on the perimeter??

    • Hi Steve, thanks very much for your comment and suggestion. We’re committed to our Ten-Point Climate Plan and as part of that we’re looking at next steps for sustainability across our properties to rapidly reduce carbon from our operations. An example of this is the installation of solar panels at our new Biggleswade depot.

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