Tesco is launching a fleet of electric delivery vans across Glasgow in a move it says will leave a legacy for the city from the COP26 conference.
The announcement, which comes as part of the supermarket’s pledge to become net zero in its operations by 2035, will see Glasgow become the first city in Scotland to transition to electric delivery vehicles.
Over 3,700 deliveries per week covering nearly 8,000 miles in and around Glasgow will become zero emissions, with Tesco promising that by 2028 all its 5,500 home delivery vans across the UK will be fully electric.
Tesco said its contribution to the move to electric power also included supporting customers transitioning to electric vehicles as part of its rollout of the UK’s largest retail network of EV charging points. By the end of 2022, customers will be able to charge their vehicles at one of 2,400 charging points across 600 stores, including 72 in Scotland.
“In this critical decade for climate action, businesses must play a key role in driving transformational change,” said Tesco UK and ROI CEO Jason Tarry.
“As part of our efforts to secure a COP26 legacy for Glasgow, I’m delighted that Glasgow will be the first Scottish city to transition to an all-electric Tesco home delivery fleet. We’re also increasing our use of rail distribution to take more emissions off our roads and help boost the UK’s renewable energy capacity by investing in renewable energy infrastructure, including nine new wind and solar farms across Scotland and throughout the UK.”
Minister for Transport Graeme Dey added: “This is just the beginning of action taken by Tesco and it is encouraging that the company is expanding the use of rail freight for the movement of fresh produce, investing in renewable energy infrastructure and decarbonising its entire home delivery fleet by 2028.”