Environment

Environmental Policy

As a socially responsible business, Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society Ltd is committed to protecting the environment by developing our business in a sustainable manner whilst reducing waste, improving efficiency, reducing carbon emissions and preserving natural resources.

Chelmsford Star believes that protecting the environment is integral to the long term sustainability of the business.  We recognise that our business operations have both a direct and indirect impact on the environment and the wider community, and acknowledge a responsibility to protect the environment and promote environmental awareness and best practice to our colleagues, members, customers, suppliers and the local community in which we serve.

In defining our programme to improve our environmental performance, we will:

  • Comply with all relevant environmental legislation, regulations and code of practice.
  • Develop, maintain and implement policies, procedures and management systems to assess and monitor the environmental impact of our operations.
  • Establish environmental objectives and targets to promote continual improvement
  • Ensure potential environmental impacts are assessed for all new processes, projects and for the acquisition, design, refurbishment, location and use of buildings.
  • Ensure environmental impacts are taken into consideration in the procurement of goods and services, and that suppliers demonstrate their respect for the environment by following responsible business practices.
  • Work in partnership with our colleagues, members, customers, supply chain and the wider community to encourage sustainable behaviour, whilst promoting best practice.
  • Procure electricity from renewable resources where possible.
  • Review the policy on an annual basis and amend as necessary.

The Board of Directors and Management Executive are fully committed to this policy and will continue to ensure its implementation.

Energy Policy

As a socially responsible business, Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society Ltd is committed to protecting the environment by developing our business in a sustainable manner.  We undertake to reduce our carbon emissions by at least 15% over 5 years, commencing January 2016.

In order to achieve this reduction, we will;

  • Monitor energy consumption regularly, maintaining internal league tables against targets.
  • Install AMR meters across all trading site meters consuming greater than 25,000 kwh annually.
  • Invest in new energy efficient technologies including plant and equipment, having considered the life cycle and payback period achievable.
  • Increase colleague awareness of energy efficiency instore and at home.
  • Encourage continual professional development for technical staff involved in energy efficiency.
  • Implement a regular programme of energy audits to identify energy saving opportunities.
  • Purchase energy from sustainable sources and procure at the lowest practicable cost.
  • Limit all new Society cars provided to colleagues for the performance of their duties to 150g CO₂/km.
  • At Board level, review our success at least annually.
  • Report annually to members our success.

This policy will be reviewed annually.

Updated 29th July 2016