Scottish Co-op gets green retailer award

Scottish Co-operative has been named Green Retailer of the Year in this year’s Scottish Retail Excellence Awards, beating Tesco and Asda to the title. 

The award recognises the “effort and true commitment of the Scottish Co-operative to be as ‘green’ in as many aspects of its business as possible”.

The entry from the society — part of the Co-operative Group — detailed a wide range of initiatives including green electricity supply, reduction in energy and water consumption, the introduction of store energy champions, reduction in carrier bag usage, raising awareness of climate change, reduction in the use of fuel and its Green Energy for Schools scheme which provides schools with solar panels. Martin Lowe , the society’s energy manager, received the prestigious award from James McNulty of sponsors Environmental Waste Systems at a dinner in Glasgow attended by more than 350 of Scotland’s leading retail figures.

Scottish Co-operative Chief Officer John McNeill told the News: “The awards are designed to highlight the best of the best in the extremely competitive Scottish retail sector and we are delighted our industry peers have recognised our leadership position on green issues. We are setting the pace in our industry on tackling climate change with the support of our members, staff and customers.”

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