Tesco unveils new low carbon store blueprint

14 January 2009

Tesco has opened its first store using the company's new low carbon blueprint. The carbon footprint of the new Cheetham Hill, Manchester store is 70% less than that of a store build in 2006. Its fuel bill will be 48% less than 2006 baselines.

Whilst similar in appearance to existing Tesco stores, the architecture, fixtures and signage at the timbre-framed store are specifically designed to both to reduce the store's carbon footprint and heat wastage and to maximise the use of recyclable content. Tesco says that the new store is its blueprint for future low carbon stores.

Energy-efficient features of its design and interior include:

  • A new lighting system that automatically dims individual lights when natural light increases;
  • A natural refrigeration system whereby all fridges are cooled with {CO2}, which is significantly less damaging to the climate than traditional fridge gases;
  • A fully recyclable plastic moulded checkout packing areas, which have much lower carbon and water content.

Importantly, the new store will play a significant role in the local economy employing 230 staff in total. It represents the latest store to open under the retailer's Regeneration Partnership scheme, with 118 of the jobs being ring-fenced for people who have been out of work or on benefits for at least six months.

Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Executive Director, Corporate and Legal Affairs at Tesco, said: "The Cheetham Hill store is an exciting development in Tesco's long term plans to reduce significantly the carbon footprint of its stores by 2020. The new blueprint, which will provide a foundation for future stores being built in the UK, demonstrates our commitment to tackling climate change. It will also considerably reduce store fuel costs going forward."

Steve Howard, CEO, The Climate Group, said: "Tesco's climate commitments are proving that it is possible to combine new technology and good business sense to make dramatic reductions in their carbon footprint. This new blueprint store design is an example that we hope other businesses will follow."

Since 2000, Tesco has invested significantly in improving energy efficiency and it has succeeded in halving the amount of energy its UK stores require for every square foot of space (2006 baselines). The Cheetham Hill store is a major development for Tesco in meeting its long term environmental objective to dramatically reduce its carbon footprint.

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