Central England Co-op scoops top award for its work to reduce water use

Central England Co-op has been recognised with a prestigious award for its work in reducing its environmental impact.

The Society has been honoured by the Carbon Trust at a special ceremony with the Best in Water Management award.

Representatives collected the award during a presentation at the Carbon Trust Summit held in London.

Luke Olly, Central England Co-op Energy and Environment Lead, said: “As a responsible business, we are committed to minimising our impact on the environment.

“This is why we are so proud of this achievement because it really showcases our ongoing efforts to improve our sustainability credentials and also reflects our commitment to reduce our water footprint.

“We are pleased the Carbon Trust has recognised our water management efforts which are helping us achieve our environmental goals.”

The Carbon Trust is an organisation set up by the UK government in 2001 to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy.

Hugh Jones, Managing Director of Business Services, said: “Central England Co-operative has shown an impressive dedication to reducing environmental impacts over a long time period, which this year has led to demonstrating the best overall performance on operational water management amongst all organisations that hold the Carbon Trust Standard for Water.

“An effective approach to maintenance and investment into water reduction technologies have both contributed to their excellent performance and achieving this award.”

This recognition comes after Central England Co-op continued on a decisive journey to tackle sustainability across all of its business operations as part of the Society’s corporate responsibility strategy.

This has included leading the way in sustainable business practices by installing LED lighting across hundreds of food stores and petrol stations.

Since 2010, the Society has reduced its total carbon footprint by 48%.


Notes to editors


About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 


It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, travel shops, and property investment.


Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2018.


Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.


Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop


For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative


Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140


Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop