Co-op curbs emissions

Co-op has committed to further steps to curb its emissions having already halved its emissions in the ten years from 2006.

In the last year alone Co-op reduced its emissions by 20 per cent, seeing stretching short-term targets as imperative in the delivery of longer-term strategies to safeguard the environment and tackle climate change.

Furthermore, Co-op has committed to further reductions in its direct emissions of 50 per cent by 2025. The move was backed by Co-op Members at its AGM in May who voted overwhelmingly in favour of accelerating actions to tackle the environmental crisis.

Further changes planned by the Co-op include the use of natural refrigerants, and minimising the environmental impact of its products through responsible sourcing, such as its commitments to sustainable soy. All Co-op stores, offices and funeral homes already use all of their electricity from renewable sources.

Michael Fletcher, Co-op retail chief commercial officer, said: “How we do business really matters. The world is experiencing a climate crisis and we need to work together to avoid it. Accelerating action is the only way to mitigate and reduce impacts on our natural world, and to ensure stable food supply chains in the future. A rolling set of publically available and reviewed stretching, short term targets, are imperative if we are to hold ourselves to account to achieve our collective longer-term ambitions.”

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