Tesco opens Asia's first zero carbon hypermarket

1 Dec 2011

Tesco Lotus has opened Asia’s first zero carbon store in Bang Pra, Thailand, as part of its commitment to be a zero carbon business by 2050. Tesco was the first global retailer to pioneer zero-carbon stores and this is its first in Asia.

Tesco Lotus has opened Asia’s first zero carbon store in Bang Pra, Thailand, as part of its commitment to be a zero carbon business by 2050. Tesco was the first global retailer to pioneer zero-carbon stores and this is its first in Asia.

The new store features a host of cutting-edge, environmental-friendly technologies, including a wind turbine, lower wattage LED lighting, hydro-carbon powered fridges and rammed earth walls which are less carbon intensive to manufacture than concrete or steel.  Rainwater is used in the car wash and to flush the store’s toilets, while the store design maximises natural light on the shop floor.

Helen Fleming, Group Climate Change Director at Tesco comments, “We are proud to have opened the first zero carbon store in Asia. It’s particularly fitting that it has opened in Thailand, as it is home to the first Tesco Environment store, which opened in 2004.

“Our zero carbon stores use the latest technologies to reduce our environmental impact and really show our commitment to greener growth. Our climate change programme is central to the way we do business - not only are our actions good for the environment, they also make good business sense. Our energy efficient measures reduce costs in the business by about £200m each year.”

Tesco was recently recognised as the best global retailer for its efforts in tackling climate change in the industry-renowned Global 500 Carbon Disclosure Project report. It also topped the FTSE 350 Carbon Disclosure Report for its work to date in reducing its carbon impact.

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Zero carbon means that the store’s net emissions for lighting, air conditioning and refrigerants are zero over the year.

Bang Pra, Thailand

Features which reduce the environmental impact of the store include:

-  Lower wattage LED lighting
-  Use of natural light on the sales floor
-  Replacing traditional refrigerant gases (hydro fluro carbons) which have an impact on global warming many times worse than carbon dioxide (CO2) with hydro-carbons
-  Biogas, from waste, is used for food preparation in the store
-  The use of rammed earth walls which are less carbon intensive to manufacture than concrete or steel
-  A wind turbine and solar farm of photovoltaic cells to produce energy for the store. Any excess power is fed into the grid
-  Rainwater collection facilities which provide water to use in the car wash and to flush store toilets
-  The opening of Bang Pra is an important milestone in Tesco Lotus’ plan to care for and reduce its impact on the environment, with its target being a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 against a 2006 baseline.
-  Other environmental initiatives Tesco Lotus has undertaken include the first independently certified carbon footprint audit in Thailand, the use of biodiesel in its distribution fleet, the opening of environmental stores (Rama I and Salaya) that have a reduced impact on the environment and a programme to plan 9 million trees in national parks across the country.

Tesco’s Climate Change Programme

Tesco has been named the best UK business overall for tackling climate change against other well known brands such as Sainsburys, Marks and Spencer and Morrisons. It was also the only UK business to appear in the top 10 of the CDP global ranking.

  1. Tesco aims to become a zero carbon business by 2050 and has set targets to halve distribution emissions per case of goods delivered (against a 2006 baseline) by 2012 and to halve building emissions per sq ft (against 2006/7), by 2020. Tesco has also set targets to reduce the emissions of the products in its supply chain by 30% by 2020, and to help customers to reduce their own carbon footprints by 50% by 2020.
  2. Tesco opened its third UK zero-carbon store in Welshpool this March, joining current zero stores already in Ramsey and Bourne.  There is also one in the Czech Republic, one opening this autumn in Thailand, a zero carbon office building in Korea and more zero carbon buildings are planned across the Group.
  3. Our new Daventry distribution centre opened in May and includes a number of low-carbon features to reduce its carbon footprint, including being directly connected to the rail network which reduces distribution network emissions through the use of more trains and fewer trucks.
  4. Giant wind turbines power three of Tesco’s grocery distribution centres in Daventry and Newport. Each of the 90 metre high, 800 kw wind turbine produce a significant amount of the centres' energy needs, with each turbine able to produce the equivalent amount of renewable energy required to power 500 domestic homes.  Any surplus power is exported back to the national grid to meet local energy needs.