The Co-operative Group is axing domestic kitchen appliances and light bulbs that are not classed as energy efficient from its product range in a move aimed to make it the leading retailer on climate change. It claims it is the first supermarket to make the move away from selling inefficient products.
It is now planning to work with manufacturers to ensure it only stocks products that have a grade A or above rating. The retailer currently sells 36 white goods, including washing machines, fridge freezers and electric cookers, but only 24 have a energy rating of A or above.
It is also overhauling its compact fluorescent light bulbs range to provide a broader range of products at a reduced price.
According to the retailer, white goods and light bulbs account for 56% of all domestic energy consumption in the UK but changing to energy-saving products can make a significant difference. Reduced energy light bulbs use 75% less energy and last up to 12 times longer and an A-rated fridge is 40% more efficient than a C-rated model and saves up to £16 off electricity bills.
It has also announced plans to reduce energy consumption at its premises by 25% within the next five years.
Tony Juniper, Friends of the Earth director, welcomes the move. He says: “It is great to see the Co-operative Group taking proactive steps to reduce their own carbon emissions and of their customers.” He adds the charity would encourage other retailers to follow its lead.