Central England Co-op signs up to EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Business and Marketing Practices to improve food sustainability

Central England Co-op signs up to EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Business and Marketing Practices to improve food sustainability

Central England Co-op has today signed the European Union’s new Code of Conduct on Responsible Business and Marketing Practices in an effort to work closely with partners to help improve food sustainability.

We are committed to a 90% carbon footprint reduction by 2030 and a 50% food waste reduction by 2025.

Luke Olly, Energy and Environment Lead, said: “We are delighted to have signed up to the aspirational objectives of the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Business and Marketing Practices and are pleased to showcase our commitment by putting forward our own ambitious and tangible commitments.

“As a co-operative, we have a responsibility to champion sustainability for the good of our members, consumers and local communities. This drives our business strategy and commitments which we shape to deliver our vision of a responsible business.

“We believe that the transformation of our food system is an ambition requiring the participation of all stakeholders throughout the value chain and their close co-operation, which is why we shall engage in close coordination with our EU-level association Euro Coop for the effective promotion of high sustainability practices.

“We look forward to working closely with our EU partners to deliver this ambitious path to sustainable food systems.”

Central England Co-op’s eco commitment is already evident in some of the major milestones it has achieved in recent years.
These include:

· Reducing electricity usage by 51% since 2010

· Reducing natural gas usage by 58% since 2010

· Reducing refrigeration gas emissions by 69% since 2010

· New stores use as little as 50% less electricity

· Reducing food waste by 40% during the past three years from 2,445 tonnes in 2017 to 1,085 tonnes in 2020