Our pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030

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The East of England Co-op recently announced its commitment to being a fully carbon neutral business by 2030.

Replacing older refrigeration, fitting LED lightinh and using on-site renewable Solar energy, amongst other measueres, the retailer and property owner has already achieved a 50% reduction in carbon emissions over the past ten years, exceeding their original 30% target. 

Nick Denny, Joint Chief Executive at the East of England Co-op, said: "Following this success and understanding the important role we have to play in minimising our environmental impact, we've set ourselves some ambitious targets, with a firm focus on taking action to help save our planet.

"Through robust emissions reduction and carbon offset strategies, we pledge to be a fully carbon neutral business by 2030."

A journey of two parts, by 2025 the East of England Co-op aims to have replaced all company cars with Plug-In Hybrid or Electric models and expanded the number of Electric Vehicle charging points to a further 40 communities. 

The retailer is also working on a programme of Solar panel installations to increase on-site renewable energy to at least 370,000kWh by 2025 - equivalent to around 1% of their current electricity needs, and by 5% by 2030. 

Nick added: "Through robust monitoring and reporting, increased investment, a focus on carbon reduction - through the Carbon Charter - and specifying energy efficient designs for all our new buildings and properties, we'll be well on track to our achieving our pledge." 

To find our more about the East of England Co-op's environmental sustainability plans, click here