TWO major societies have signed agreements with Scottish Power and Scottish & Southern to generate "green" electricity for all outlets from October.
Midcounties Co-op and Plymouth and South West Co-op announced their initiatives in line with the Government's longer-term aim of reducing CO2 emissions by 60 per cent.
The green energy will come from small scale hydro and wind generators, landfill gases whereby the methane is burned to form energy and also from biomass where renewable products like forest waste, timber and crops are used to create energy.
By using green energy the societies are helping to heighten the demand to progress green energy generation through natural sources including wind, water and sun power, which makes it not only inexhaustible but also harmless to the environment.
Douglas Fletcher, Chief Executive of Plymouth & SW Co-op, said: "As a member-based co-operative with values and principles it is essential that we try wherever possible to minimise the impact the running of our business has on the environment. This new energy agreement is just the first step in looking at ways to become more energy efficient, we are currently investigating with our Energy Consultants, Peak Energy, the possibility of installing wind turbines on suitable sites."
Vic Pratt, energy and environment manager for Midcounties Co-op, said: "This will cut our carbon emissions at a stroke and is a clear demonstration of our commitment to campaign for climate change. We are determined to manage the business in an environmentally friendly way, in line with our co-operative values and principles as an ethical company."