tesco depot warehouse

Tesco is committed to making its depots and stores more environmentally friendly

Tesco has joined a RBS-founded seeking to improve the environmental impact of buildings.

The UK’s biggest retailer announced today it was becoming part of the Innovation Gateway, which includes members such as Kingfisher, Heathrow Airport and the University of Cambridge.

The coalition was set up in 2014 to enable companies to exchange information on how to make their buildings more environmentally friendly.

Tesco said it wanted to share its leadership, learning and best practice in areas such as lighting controls, air conditioning and heat reclamation.

Following the Paris climate agreement, Tesco set out new, science-based targets aimed at meeting its zero-carbon ambition. It aims to achieve absolute reductions, based on 2015 levels, of 35% by 2020, and to become a zero-carbon business by 2050.

The targets include generating 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2030.

Tesco said it had invested more than £700m in energy efficiency since 2007, leading to a reduction in emissions of 41% per square foot. This put the retailer on track to achieve a 50% reduction per square foot of store by 2020, it added.

“At Tesco, we want to continue to play our part in combating climate change,” said Kené Umeasiegbu, head of climate change and sustainable agriculture at Tesco. “Our work includes deploying innovation to reduce energy use across our estate.

“Wherever appropriate, we will share our experience and learn from other companies and organisations through the Innovation Gateway. We hope this exchange can be a real benefit to each company and increase our impact in addressing climate change.”