Improving energy efficiency in our stores and distribution

Lasted updated 21/05/2020

Energy efficiency has never been higher on our agenda, with unprecedented levels of investment being made in 2019 and 2020. Key projects include internal and external lighting upgrades to LED across our entire estate and more recently a rollout of shelf edge technology. This innovative solution works similarly to the aerofoils used in Formula 1 cars and helps fridge cases run more efficiently by preventing cold air from spilling into the aisles.

Tesco has signed up to RE100, committing to the ambitious target of sourcing 100% of our group electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Our goal within this is to help transform the energy market by driving an increase in overall renewable generation through the way we source our electricity. One way to do this is by generating as much of our own electricity demand as possible. In the UK, we have installed wind turbines at four of our depots and equipped 47 stores and petrol filling stations with solar panels, with plans to reach many more stores over the next two years. We have already exceeded our 2020 total renewable electricity target, sourcing 68% of our group demand from renewable sources. In the UK, ROI, Slovakia and Hungary we already use 100% renewable electricity through certificates.

Distribution efficiency - The F Plan

Distribution is one of the main areas that Tesco’s own operational carbon footprint comes from. To help us towards our ambition of becoming a zero carbon business by 2050, we have an interim distribution efficiency target:

  • 25% reduction in carbon emissions per case of goods delivered by 2020 (2011/12 baseline).

To help us achieve this, we launched the “F Plan” across the Group, a simple strategy to underpin every operational efficiency activity within Tesco Distribution. The strategy is based on four pillars:

  • Fuller cages and/or pallets – maximising the amount of goods delivered each journey
  • Fuller trailers and/or containers – maximising the amount of goods delivered each journey
  • Fewer miles – reducing the number of miles we have to drive
  • Fuel economy – increasing the distance we can drive for each litre of fuel used

The F Plan was pioneered in the UK but it is now followed throughout the Tesco Group.