The Co-op Way 2017 - Environment

How we do business responsibly.

We work to minimise our impact on the world; reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, waste from our operations, and the impacts from the products we sell.


electricity from renewables


products with 'easy to recycle' packaging


reduction in our direct greenhouse gas emissions since 2006


waste reused, recycled or recovered

Climate change

Our long-term aim has been to halve our direct greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared to 2006. We've achieved this target 3 years early, with a 54% reduction by 2017.

In 2018 we’ll be working to develop a new, ambitious target to address our remaining sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

Reducing waste

We've invested in focusing on controlling waste from our food stores and reducing the amount of waste sent back to our depots, resulting in less food wasted.

The amount of waste we produce has decreased by 39% since 2006 and decreased by 8% compared to 2016.

Over the next year we want to introduce new and innovative ways of further reducing waste, such as rolling out a process for distributing surplus food from our stores to charities and community groups.

Packaging recyclability

In 2017 our members voted at our AGM to increase the recyclability of our packaging.

By the end of 2017 we'd increased the number of product lines that use easy-to-recycle packaging to 71%.

We've made several market-leading innovations to increase the amount of packaging which can be recycled. This includes new cooked meat packaging, new pizza packaging bases which can be recycled along with paper, and minimising the amount of black plastic (difficult to separate and recycle) in our fresh product lines.

We're aiming for 80% of our packaging (by product line) to be ‘easy to recycle’ by 2020.