Supermarket giant Tesco has unveiled plans for a new carbon neutral store which they will build in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire.
The plans for the carbon neutral store are the latest in a list of new green objectives and promises from the company, who recently featured in the Sunday Times Green Businesses list as the greenest supermarket. In addition to the new store, Tesco have promised to install charging points in their carparks for electric cars, and an extension to their carbon labelling scheme, which provides customers with information about the carbon footprint of their products of choice.
The new store will be built from wood and will encompass a CHP plant. CHP, or combined heat and power, plants are more efficient than standard power generation plants and are suitable for incorporation into single buildings. Conventional power plants, however, waste up to two thirds of the power they generate, as this is lost as heat that is not able to be collected and utilised using current techniques. CHP plants are able to collect the heat and use it, therefore making plants up to 95% efficient. They can also be run on a range of environmentally sustainable products such as wood chippings and straw bales, therefore helping move away from the use of fossil fuels.
Tesco’s Chief Executive, Sir Terry Leahy, commented that he doesn’t see government regulation and interference as the answer to the fight against climate change. He expressed concern that telling people to consume less and reducing the economy is not the answer to keeping people united in their efforts to reduce the effects of climate change and in promoting the green ethos to developing countries.
“If we are only able to demonstrate that there is a future of tax and regulation and limited growth in order to achieve sustainability, China and India won’t buy into it. We have to show how modern economics, modern marketing and distribution and competition actually encourage people to consume the same.”