Chelmsford Star Fulfils Energy Promise

Five years ago, we pledged to reduce our energy consumption by over 25% by 2021. This week, we were ‘delighted’ to announce the target had been achieved.  

“The key focus has been to reduce the consumption of electricity,” said Ellen Tredwin, Secretary & Head of Management Services, “which accounts for most of the Society’s energy consumption.”

The reduction was achieved via a combination of colleague engagement and investment in new technologies, such as installing LED lighting, refrigeration doors and voltage optimisation units.

In addition, from 1st January 2021, the Society’s electricity has been 100% green, generated from REGO backed renewable sources. “We can track the power to five onshore wind projects that the Co-operative Group helped to develop, and Scottish Power’s Whitelee wind farm near Glasgow,” said Ms Tredwin.

“By using renewable energy sources, we are committing to reducing our carbon emissions, air pollution and thus improving the beautiful county of Essex in which we live.” 

The Society’s achievements in energy reduction is just one environmental hot topic in which we excel. We also divert 99% of all waste produced away from landfill, which is assisted by all our stores having separate food bins to collect biodegradable waste, in a process known as ‘anaerobic digestion’.

Joe Kerr, Head of Food, added, “we are partnered with Olio (a mobile app for food-sharing), which facilitates connections with residents who can use surplus food. The redistribution of this food alone is worth £8,500 in the year.”

Mr Kerr continued, “The Society also works in partnership with the Salvation Army to provide clothes recycling services, which this year has assisted customers in recycling 29 tonnes of clothing.”

Looking to the future, the Society hopes to maintain these levels of reduction in energy use and continue to play our part in the local community and global environment by reducing our carbon emissions.

For more information contact Ellen Tredwin on ellen@chelmsfordstar.coop