The Midcounties Co-operative secures Carbon Trust Standard

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The Midcounties Co-operative has announced that it has been awarded the coveted Carbon Trust Standard, underpinning the Society’s commitment to best practice in the reduction of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Society scooped the award by working closely with its members and colleagues to promote the importance of environmental awareness, helping to achieve an overall carbon footprint reduction of 5.1 per cent across the certification period running to 2013. At the same time the business was able to increase its recycling from 37 per cent to 75 per cent over the past three years.

As a rigorous independent certification, the Carbon Trust Standard is only awarded to organisations that can demonstrate year-on-year reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. This encourages organisations throughout the UK and around the world to go beyond just identifying measures to enhance their operational sustainability, achieving real reductions.

The Society now joins an international roster of Carbon Trust Standard bearers, which together have saved hundreds of millions in energy and operational costs, reducing more than half a billion tonnes of carbon emissions since 2008.

By securing the certification, the Society has reinforced its commitment to social responsibility, and creating sustainable communities for future generations throughout its trading areas.

Mike Pickering, sustainability manager at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “We are honoured to receive the Carbon Trust Standard certification, which is testament to our commitment to adopting new practices throughout our trading groups to significantly reduce our carbon footprint.

“As a co-operative, we are committed to best practice in social responsibility, and we are working closely with the Carbon Trust to continue our significant progress in this field.”

Darran Messem, managing director of Certification at the Carbon Trust, said: “The co-operative movement grew out of the impact the industrial revolution was having on workers, acting for the benefit of its members and helping to improve the quality of life for communities. It is therefore fitting that the co-operative movement today is helping to take action on the impact of the industrial revolution on the climate, through its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Midcounties Co-operative deserves to be congratulated for achieving independent certification to the Carbon Trust Standard, proving to its members, colleagues and the wider community that it is effectively cutting carbon year on year.”