The Environmental Sustainability Award: Central England Co-operative

Award Type: 

Longlisted for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award

Action and Impact
Central England Co-operative is a business built on a 165 year old legacy of operating for reasons beyond mere profit generation. Now a modern company employing more than 8,600 people and with 400 trading outlets across 16 counties in Central England, the business is “constantly looking at ways to do more to protect our environment and ensure the longterm sustainability” of the firm, according to CEO Martyn Cheatle.
Central to this is a commitment to prevent pollution, improve resource efficiency and lower carbon emissions. So far, its ‘Close the Case’ project –  which saw 120 main stores and petrol stations retrofitted with new LED lighting, combined with 3,200 hinged full height glass doors, frames and cabinet LED lighting to medium and high temperature refrigerated cabinets – has resulted in:
  • an electricity use reduction of 11.6 GW to date;
  • an average saving of £10,666 per store annually;
  • a cut in energy bills of £1.28 million this year; and
  • a total carbon emissions reduction of 6,312 tonnes of CO2.
The combined payback for the chiller doors and LED installations works out at 2.5 years. “We expect all areas of the business at all levels to be accountable for opportunities to limit the environmental impact we have as a business,” adds Cheatle