The Southern Co-operative, an organisation with 180 stores and funeral homes in the south east, has signed up with Environmental Protection UK for a full carbon and environmental audit, the results of which will be offset by projects within each local community.
The two-year project will be looking at installing insulation to local housing to minimise energy use, installing renewable energies such as solar thermal and solar PV, as well as community projects to improve local environmental quality.
The Southern Co-operative offers a sustainable and ethical alternative to supermarket and convenience store shoppers, and their community supermarkets and neighbourhood stores are owned by their membership, which is open to everyone to join.
They already use energy from renewable sources, working to minimise their carbon footprint and are committed to sustainably and ethically farmed and fished foods, environmentally-friendly products and are active supporters in the development of Fairtrade products.
They have partnered with Brighton-based Environmental Protection UK (EP UK), which provides expert policy analysis and advice on air quality, land quality, waste and noise and their effects on people and communities in terms of a wide range of issues including public health, planning, transport, energy and climate.
CEO of EP UK, James Grugeon, said “We are absolutely delighted to be working with The Southern Co-operative, which is the perfect match for us in terms of values and ethics and we aim to achieve a great deal with them in the near future,”
He is also currently working with the local Green Party MP Caroline Lucas in Brighton and Hove to help develop projects with the city council to implement their sustainability strategy.
People interested in joining The Southern Co-operative and finding out more about how they can be a part of the movement, should see: www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk.
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