Our carbon footprint

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Our greenhouse gas (GHG) net emissions in 2015/16 totalled 5.1 million tonnes of CO2e.

We have continued to reduce the carbon intensity of our stores and distribution centres defined as kgCO2e per square foot, and the emissions per case of goods delivered in our distribution network.

Some highlights from our work this year include:

  • Reducing our absolute carbon emissions by 3.1% year on year.
  • Reducing our refrigerant emissions by 26.5% compared to 2006/07.
  • Generating 10,004 MWh of renewable electricity from solar PV and wind.
  • Investing in energy efficiency programmes that are reducing both our carbon footprint and costs.

We have continued to make progress towards our 2020 property and distribution targets and we are currently exceeding our glide path trajectory towards each of these goals:

2020 Commitment Baseline year Progress to date
Halve the carbon intensity per square foot of our stores and distribution centres 2006/07 -39.5 ◆
25% reduction carbon intensity per case of goods delivered 2011/12 -17.4% ◆

We measure and report our carbon emissions following the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. For more information about how we calculate our carbon footprint, including reporting standards, a more detailed definition of Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, and the current emission factors visit our disclosures page.

This was the first year that we calculated our footprint using both the market and location-based methods for analysing our emissions from electricity use. We welcome the adoption of the new Greenhouse Gas Protocol Guidance on Scope 2 emissions as this now formally enables us to demonstrate the impact of our low carbon energy procurement choices.

The reductions in both our absolute and relative footprint are shown using the location-based method for calculating electricity impacts.

 2015/16 total carbon footprint (million tonnes CO2e)


2015/16 total GHG emissions by market

Country Gross tonnes CO2e
Czech Republic 265,886
Hungary 245,155
Ireland 175,656
Malaysia 257,563
Poland 549,484
Slovakia 97,101
Thailand 829,797
Turkey 126,020
United Kingdom 2,539,112
Other 14,769

GHG emissions data for period 01 March 2015 to 28 February 2016

  Global tonnes of CO2e
GHG emissions data for period 01 March 2015 to 28 February 2016 2015/16 2014/15 Base year 2006/07
Scope 1 1,347,150 ■ 1,317,812 1,372,394
Scope 2 (Location-based method) 2,624,322 ■ 2,730,228 2,281,727
Scope 2 (Market-based method) 2,033,658 ■ 2,125,885  -
Scope 1 and 2 carbon intensity (kg CO2e/sq. ft. of stores and DCs) 30.54 30.70 51.20
Scope 3 1,129,072 ■ 1,216,740 1,142,013
Total gross emissions 5,100,544 5,264,780 4,796,134
CO2e from renewable energy exported to grid 1,513 ■ 1,205  -
Total net emissions 5,099,031 5,263,575 4,796,134
Overall net carbon intensity (total net emissions kg CO2e/sq. ft. of stores and DCs) 39.21 ■ 39.91 67.20

UK Field-to-Tesco footprint

The graph below shows the estimated breakdown of our emissions from field to Tesco for our UK operations excluding emissions associated with land use change.

Comment from our independent assurance provider, KPMG LLP

Independent limited assurance over selected data highlighted on this website with a ◆ has been provided by KPMG LLP using the assurance standards ISAE 3000 and ISAE 3410. We have issued an unqualified opinion over the data highlighted on this page with a ◆ and our full assurance opinion is available at: www.tescoplc.com/carbonfigures. A summary of the work we performed is included within our assurance opinion. Non-financial performance information, GHG quantification in particular, is subject to more inherent limitations than financial information. It is important to read the data in the context of our full statement and Tesco’s reporting guidelines available at www.tescoplc.com/carbonfigures.

■ Data extracted from Tesco’s Annual Report which, under a separate opinion, was included within our independent limited assurance scope. See www.tescoplc.com/carbonfigures