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March 25, 2021

Tesco launches manifesto to tackle climate change

UK-based supermarket chain Tesco has set out a manifesto aimed at combatting climate change.

UK-based supermarket chain Tesco has set out a manifesto aimed at combatting climate change.

The retailer plans to focus on five key areas, including absolute energy emissions reduction, supporting the shift to electric transport in the UK, addressing food waste and aiding sustainable food production.

Tesco will launch new renewable power generation projects and create new offsite UK solar and wind farms by partnering with renewable energy investors.

It will also launch its first fleet of 30 electric home delivery vans, with the aim of switching to a fully electric delivery fleet by 2028.

The company will install 2,400 charging points for customers across 600 stores to help encourage the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). Around 400 of its stores are currently equipped with chargers.

The manifesto was presented before this year’s COP26 Climate Change Summit in Glasgow.

Tesco Group CEO Ken Murphy said: “In this critical decade for tackling climate change, it’s vital we challenge ourselves to be more ambitious in our aims and accelerate progress against them. At Tesco, we’re playing our part by creating a better basket for our customers and the planet.

“No one business can tackle these challenges alone. We must take collective action as a food industry to drive the transformational changes necessary to meet the UK’s climate commitments.”

Last year, Tesco delivered a 50% absolute emissions reduction, beating its science-based target of 35% for the year.

The company already uses fully renewable electricity in the UK and Europe.