Protecting the environment

We recognise that there are physical limits to the resources of the Earth – both in terms of generating materials and absorbing waste – and that any business activity that exceeds these limits is, by definition, unsustainable in the long run. We take an evidence-based approach to policy making, and are committed to making absolute reductions in emissions, but never at the expense of the world’s poorest.

Combating climate change

Combating climate change

We're committed to combating climate change, including reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage. In fact we reduced our emissions by 40% and now plan to reduce emissions by 50% by 2020.

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Carbon offsetting

Carbon offsetting

Although we've significantly reduced our greenhouse gas emissions, some emissions are unavoidable and so carbon offsets are purchased to avoid or absorb an equivalent amount of emissions.

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Green Energy

Green energy

We’re leading the way in supporting the development and use of clean, green, renewable energy, from purchasing green electricity to having our own wind farms and campaigning for a Clean Energy Revolution.

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Supporting community energy

Supporting community energy

We’re supporting community-led clean energy projects, through The Co-operative Enterprise Hub and our Clean Energy Revolution campaign.

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Nature-conservation

Nature conservation

Safeguarding biodiversity is one of our environmental priorities, from supporting marine stewardship and forestry stewardship to our Plan Bee campaign to help save bees and other pollinators.

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Pesticides

Pesticides

We have a market-leading Pesticides Policy, which is being enhanced further as part of our Ethical Plan commitments. Find out how our businesses are reducing pesticide use.

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Waste and packaging

Waste and packaging

We already re-use and recycle 60% of our waste, like the cardboard and plastic from our food stores, and by the end of 2013 we'll ensure that the vast majority of our waste is diverted from landfill.

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Water

Water

We are committed to reducing our water consumption across our family of businesses. Having achieved an 18% reduction since 2008, we will reduce water consumption by 30% by 2014.

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Clean Energy Revolution

Clean Energy Revolution

We're calling for a Clean Energy Revolution in communities across the UK. By harnessing our vast natural resources of wind, water and solar power, the UK will be greener and our energy future more secure.

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