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Tesco lays out new climate ‘manifesto’

The group claimed that it delivered a 50% emissions reduction last year, beating its 2020 target of 35%

Tesco has laid out its climate “manifesto” ahead of this year’s COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.

The supermarket chain has highlighted five areas that it will focus on to improve sustainability, including cutting emissions from energy, transitioning to electric transport, tackling food waste, increasing sustainable food production, and championing healthy diets.

In 2017, the retailer set a net zero climate target along a 1.5-degree trajectory, which it now hopes to achieve 15 years earlier than expected in 2035.

The group claimed that it delivered a 50% emissions reduction last year, beating its 2020 target of 35%.

According to Ken Murphy, CEO at Tesco Group, both “efficiency improvements and cutting-edge innovation” are crucial in tackling climate change.

He said: “In this critical decade for tackling climate change, it’s vital we challenge ourselves to be more ambitious in our aims and accelerate progress against them. 

“At Tesco, we’re playing our part by creating a better basket for our customers and the planet.”

He added: “No one business can tackle these challenges alone. We must take collective action as a food industry to drive the transformational changes necessary to meet the UK’s climate commitments.”

The food retailer has pledged to switch to renewable energy across all of its operations by 20130, while also using a fully electric delivery fleet by 2028.

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