Energy policy

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How we plan to reduce our energy consumption and environmental impact.

The East of England Co-operative Society Ltd is committed to reducing energy consumption in order to reduce the environmental impact and business cost. We undertake to reduce our total carbon emissions by at least 3% per annum for 10 years commencing January 2010.

Nick Denny, Executive Officer – Property is responsible for championing energy and carbon saving at Leadership Team level. 

In order to achieve the 3% reduction, we will: 

  • Commit appropriate Society resources to energy management issues.
  • Increase the profile of energy management at all levels of the Society and increase colleagues' awareness of energy efficiency through effective training and internal / external publicity.
  • Embrace new technology to monitor and reduce our energy consumption.
  • Install AMR meters in all trading properties.
  • Measure energy consumption and maintain and publicise internally a league table of the energy performance of our trading properties.
  • Benchmark energy consumption in all of our trading outlets and set appropriate performance targets. Circulate benchmark and performance figures as part of the management reporting process.
  • Identify the 10 worst performing (KWh/m²) trading properties each year and implement corrective action where appropriate.
  • Use energy from sustainable sources where practicable and purchase energy at the lowest practicable cost.
  • Limit all new Society cars provided to employees for the performance of their duties to 130g CO2/Km maximum.
  • Specify energy efficient design of all new buildings, plant and equipment including minimum standards of efficiency built into design standards.
  • Develop and update Minimum Energy Standards, which have been included in the new store and refurbishment design guides.
  • Consider life cycle costs when assessing new build, refurbishment and maintenance projects and when purchasing new equipment.
  • Installation of remote monitoring equipment and systems to reduce energy consumption, maintenance visits and refrigerant gas losses.
  • Reduce energy consumption in all of our retail outlets to “Typical”* benchmark or better by end of 2015.
  • Reduce energy consumption in all our supermarkets to “Good practice”* benchmark or better by end of 2015.
  • Eliminate the use of fuel oil for heating  by the end of 2015 or have plans for elimination where removal is not presently financially viable.
  • Replace natural gas supplies in favour of Green electricity where practicable.
  • Reduce Carbon Emissions resulting from the operation of Wherstead Park to 70% of 2011 emissions or better by 2016.
  • Undertake supply chain carbon management by influencing and supporting our direct suppliers to undertake Suffolk Carbon Charter or similar accreditation.
  • Improve our rates of recycling from 54.1% (2012) to 75% or better by end 2015. Investigate / implement further waste management initiatives such as additional backhauling.
  • Reduce general waste by 5% per year for five years commencing January 2014.
  • Reduction of carbon emissions associated with all transport and travel through travel plans and other appropriate measures.
  • Employment of new / Innovative schemes and technology to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Undertaking appropriate energy saving projects with projected return on investment of 4 years or less.
  • Investigate use of more recycled products where viable.
  • Sharing of resources with others where a common benefit is anticipated.
  • Investigate use of more recycled or sustainable products.
  • By end of 2016 we will complete and maintain a register of Energy Performance Certificates for:-
    1. All residential properties.
    2. All commercial properties subject to end of tenancy within 3 years.
  • We will identify all properties with an EPC rating of ‘F’ & ‘G’ and assess necessary actions to raise the rating to ‘E’ or better in order to improve energy performance and marketability.
  • We will establish a register of sites with the most potentially damaging CFC & HCFC refrigeration gasses and report leakage volumes with a view to planned replacement.
  • We will identify and make use of external funding to promote the general aims of energy efficiency and environmental performance improvement. 


This policy will be reviewed annually, and was first approved in January 2010

*Energy Consumption Benchmarks for Non-Domestic Buildings compiled by BRE (Building Research Establishment) 2005