Co-operative is first retailer to achieve four Carbon Trust Standards

- Leadership - Jan 07, 2016

Central England Co-operative has been awarded the Carbon Trust’s internationally recognised environmental certifications for reducing organisational water use and waste outputs, making it the fourth organisation worldwide – and the first in the retail sector – to achieve all four Carbon Trust Standards. 

The Carbon Trust Standard is amongst the world’s leading independent certifications of an organisation’s environmental sustainability achievements, verifying progress across the important areas of carbon emissions, waste outputs, water use and supply chain carbon emissions. It is managed by the Carbon Trust, an organisation set up by the UK government in 2001 to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy. The Standards are awarded in recognition of best-practice and real achievement in reducing environmental impact and improving resource management. 

Commenting on the achievement, Martyn Cheatle, Chief Executive of Central England Co-operative said:

“As a responsible business, Corporate Responsibility is at the heart of how our organisation operates and we invest a large amount of time and resource in delivering our CR strategy.  Reducing our negative and increasing our positive impact on the environment is one of four key areas of focus for the Society so we are absolutely thrilled to be leading businesses in achieving all four Carbon Trust Standards.”

After becoming one of only seven pathfinder organisations to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for Supply Chain in September this year, recognising progress in reducing supply chain emissions, the society has now also achieved certification for its achievements in reducing water use and waste outputs, making it the first in the retail sector to gain all four elements of the standard.

Paul Garton, Energy Efficiency Programme Manager at Central England Co-operative, who is responsible for driving forward its sustainability initiatives, explained the Society’s approach:

 “Gaining just one of the Carbon Trust Standards is a real accolade, but to get all four really shows our commitment to resource efficiency. We’ve had to embrace new technology and think creatively in order to keep on improving which has led to some interesting sustainability initiatives working with local suppliers to deliver efficiency improvements through LED lighting, doors to refrigeration cabinets, automated controls, water management and colleague engagement.

“Over the past two years we have invested £21 million on developing our portfolio to standardise specifications, improve efficiency and minimise waste."

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