Climate change

Recognising and responding to the climate emergency.

Co-operate Report 2020

Our changing climate is not a new problem. Governments, businesses and civil society have known for decades that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are trapping huge amounts of heat energy in the atmosphere and that, unchecked, this threatens communities across the world.

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Our Report

Download the climate change Report section or the full Report to read more about our work in this area:

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In 2019 our members took the historic decision for Co-op to formally recognise the climate emergency, to commit to science-based GHG reduction, and to take responsibility for both the direct impacts of running our business and for the products that we sell. And in 2020, used our AGM to call for us to go further and faster.


Our GHG reduction targets have been set and approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), a coalition of leading environmental NGOs including WWF, CDP, WRI and the UN Global Compact. This coalition endorses targets in line with the action needed to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

Emissions from running our business

The GHG emissions from running our business have continued to reduce at pace as we work towards our science-based target to reduce emissions from our own operations by 50% by 2025 compared to 2016. And we continue to source 100% renewable electricity from UK wind farms, solar and small-scale hydro-power.

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Product-related emissions

In 2020 we've worked with food system experts to review our full product GHG footprint and the key steps we can take to hit our science-based target of 11% reduction between 2016 and 2025.

Engaging the wider sector

We’re proud to have worked closely with the British Retail Consortium (BRC) during 2020 to agree a roadmap not just for ourselves to achieve these stretching commitments, but for the retail sector to do so together. 62 retailers have joined us and signed up to a joint plan to reach net zero GHG emissions by 2040, across our businesses as well as our supply chains, 10 years ahead of international agreements.

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