Tesco Ireland reaffirms commitment to Low Carbon Pledge
24 March 2021
Tesco Ireland has reaffirmed its commitment to the Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) Low Carbon Pledge and its new ambition to set and achieve science-based carbon reduction targets to help combat climate change. As one of the first businesses globally to have set a science-based target based on a 1.5-degree trajectory for its own operations in 2017, Tesco welcomes the Pledge and is committed to meeting its zero-carbon ambition.
The Low Carbon Pledge is the first dedicated pledge generated by Irish businesses to set industry standards on sustainability and reduce carbon emissions. Originally launched in 2018, the Pledge has now evolved and calls on all Irish businesses to work towards setting science-based emissions-reduction targets.
Tesco Ireland CEO, Kari Daniels, said, “In 2017, Tesco set science-based climate change targets for our operations, aligned to the more ambitious 1.5-degree trajectory of the Paris Climate Agreement. Our targets will enable us to become net-zero by 2050.
“By focusing on energy and refrigeration efficiency improvements and switching to renewable electricity we are on track to meet our targets. There is more to be done and we welcome this renewed approach from Business in the Community aimed at promoting the adoption of science-based targets to ensure industry is playing its part in the fight against climate change. We are proud to reaffirm our commitment to the Low Carbon Pledge today.”
Tesco Ireland has been making significant progress in reducing its carbon emissions. Achievements to date include:
- Sourcing 100% renewable energy to power Tesco stores, offices and distribution centres.
- In 2020, Tesco became the first Irish retailer to purchase renewable gas made from its own surplus food to power six stores, taking a circular economy approach to minimising carbon footprint.
Changes to refrigeration, lighting and heating in stores:
- Phased out higher Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerant gases like 404a and replacing with lower GWP gas 448a.
- Installed Aerofoil Shelf Edge technology to transform the performance of fridges in stores – which is a similar technology used to streamline air flow on a Formula One car. Aerodynamics guide cold air more efficiently down the front of the fridge, resulting in substantially less cold air loss, lowering energy use and reducing carbon emissions.
- In 2014, Tesco became the first national retailer to partner with FoodCloud. Since then it has donated almost 12 million meals saving over 16,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the waste process.
- Tesco has sent no food waste to landfill since 2009.
- In 2020, Tesco began backhauling food waste, which cannot be donated to charities or colleagues, from stores to anaerobic digestion, resulting in 1,300 fewer trucks on the road and an annual reduction of 250 tonnes of CO2.
- Our home shopping delivery fleet of vans have an efficient scheduling /routing system which is predicted to reduce 430 tonnes of C02 emissions annually.
- Tesco is a proud partner of the ESB Electric Vehicles programme with EV charge points available in 52 stores nationwide