Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tesco plans to halve its carbon footprint

Supermarket giant Tesco has unveiled a £27 million plan to generate energy on-site at 50 of its UK stores through combined heat and power (CHP) plants.

This forms part of a strategy from the company to "halve the carbon footprint of its existing estate by 2020". The technology aims to cut carbon emissions by 10%. Added to which, the installed 'mini-stations' will be used to heat the stores. The plan follows an annnouncement from the company in July that it received planning permission to build a straw-powered CHP plant to meet the electricity and heating needs of its Google distribution center. The new plant will generate 5MW of electrical power.

Tesco said it has already installed gas-powered CHP plants as its stores in Swansea, Reading, Orpington, Aylesford and Hemsworth as well as at its recycling service unit in Peterborough and its training center in Hertford. It has tested combined cooling heating and power (CCHP) technology at its stores in Carmarthen and Gloucester.

Tesco: Measuring Our Carbon Footprint

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