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Molson Coors, Unilever, Co-op Named Sustainability Champions

2degreesThe Co-operative Group, Unilever and Molson Coors are among the 2013 winners of 2degrees Sustainability Champions Awards, an annual program that recognizes success in the execution of sustainability initiatives.

Winners are selected from categories including built environment, supply chain management, solution of the year, energy and carbon management, waste and resource management and water management. The judging process is entirely based on online votes from peers, 2degrees says.

Voters chose the Co-operative Group’s 1 Angel Square – a commercial office block in Manchester, England – for top honors in the built environment category.

The building design aims to reduce carbon emissions by at least 80 percent, energy consumption by 50 percent and cut energy costs by £500,000 ($757,000) compared to the former head office of the retail business network. Among its features, the building will be powered by rapeseed oil from the Co-op’s own farms to feed a combined heat and power and cooling system.

In the supply chain category Unilever’s efforts to redesign and improve its distribution network for homecare, personal care and food products in the UK and Ireland was the top project.

Unilever expanded its existing food distribution center to include homecare products to enable options for combined deliveries. The plan involved all areas of the supply chain – internally (planning, distribution, quality, customer service) and externally (retail customers, third-party providers, contractors).

Unilever says it now intends to broaden its larger scaled distribution networks to expand the carbon emissions reductions and delivery improvements realized in this project.

Molson Coors earned top honors in the water risk and strategy category for its water stewardship campaign.

The brewing company established a global water strategy in 2009 aiming to reduce its own water use, and protect the watersheds near business operations. The plan included a global target to reduce water use by 15 percent per unit of production by the end of 2012.

Molson Coors said it set up clear metrics and tracks water use at every brewery. The sites employ inspectors who walk through facilities hunting leaks. The water stewardship “Every Drop, Every Ripple” campaign included communications seeking engagement from employees, suppliers and end users.

2degrees is a 31,900-member community of individual professionals and companies actively seeking more efficient and sustainable businesses. The organization is both a networking group and a business services provider with clients including Tesco, Asda-Walmart, Glaxo-SmithKline and Kingfisher.

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