Tesco receives royal approval for its approach to sustainability in Terra Carta Seal award win
3 November 2021
• Tesco awarded Terra Carta Seal, launched by HRH The Prince of Wales, which recognises positive action towards a more sustainable future.
• The award follows Tesco’s commitment to net zero emissions in its own operations Group-wide by 2035, and across its total footprint (scope 3) by 2050.
• Tesco recently asked all its suppliers to commit to net zero emissions, set science-based targets and track progress to reduce emissions.
Tesco has today been recognised by HRH The Prince of Wales for leading the retail industry in transitioning towards a net zero future. The Terra Carta Seal, launched this year, is awarded to companies which are driving innovation and taking action to create lasting sustainable change.
Tesco’s plan for climate action focuses on the areas where it can make the biggest difference: energy, transport, food production, diets and waste.
Ahead of the ongoing UN global climate summit, COP26, Tesco recently announced two new targets, committing the business to achieve net zero emissions in its own operations across the Group by 2035, and across its total value chain by 2050, in line with the UN’s aspiration of keeping global warming below 1.5C.
The majority of emissions across Tesco’s value chain fall outside of its own operations. In September Tesco issued a call to action to all its suppliers, asking them to also commit to transitioning to net zero emissions. This includes establishing net zero ambitions, measuring and disclosing greenhouse gas emissions, setting science-based targets and switching to renewable electricity.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, said: “The Terra Carta Seal recognises those organisations which have made a serious commitment to a future that is much more sustainable, and puts Nature, People and the Planet at the heart of the economy. We all need to make changes if we are to preserve the planet for our children and grandchildren and these businesses have pledged to make it easier for us all to do so.”
Tesco Group CEO, Ken Murphy said:
“Making food production more sustainable is one of the biggest levers we can pull in the fight against climate change. It is why Tesco is working hard to create a better basket for our customers and the planet by driving improvements in our own operations, in our supply chain, and in our customers’ homes. We’ve made a good start, but we must all continue to challenge ourselves to be more ambitious to accelerate progress.
“Transformational change will require collective action, which is why we’re delighted that His Royal Highness is bringing together a diverse range of organisations committed to creating a climate and nature-positive future. We’re honoured to have received the Terra Carta Seal and will continue to collaborate across the food system to tackle the most pressing issue of our time.”
Notes to editors:
• Tesco’s plan for climate action can be found at Tescoplc.com/cop26.
• It focuses on the areas Tesco can make the biggest difference:
o Energy: 100% renewable electricity in all our markets; partnering with renewable energy investors to launch new renewable power generation projects, creating nine new UK solar and wind farms.
o Transport: A fully electric delivery fleet by 2028 and increasing the UK’s electric vehicle charging network by installing 2,400 electric vehicle charging points across our UK stores.
o Waste: Committed that no edible food goes to waste in our UK operation. Together with our suppliers, we have saved 200,000 tonnes of food from going to waste since 2013.
o Food production: Supporting suppliers in their own carbon reduction strategies and working with suppliers to trial and scale technologies targeting our biggest agriculture emissions sources.
o Sustainable diets: Over 400 plant-based products available to customers and the only UK supermarket to commit to a sales target for plant-based meat alternatives – 300% by 2025, with sales doubled since 2018. We’re also addressing cost as a barrier to plant-based food by reducing prices across dozens of Plant Chef products.
• Launched by His Royal Highness at the One Planet Summit in January 2021, the Terra Carta provides a practical roadmap for acceleration towards an ambitious and sustainable future; one that will harness the power of Nature combined with the transformative power, innovation and resources of the private sector. More information about Terra Carta can be found at https://www.sustainable-markets.org/terra-carta/.
• The Terra Carta Seal will be awarded annually to companies who are demonstrating their commitment to, and momentum towards, the creation of genuinely sustainable markets and care for Nature, People and Planet.