Tesco Ireland has announced that it is planning to reduce its carbon emissions by 1,200 tonnes per annum through its partnership with Green Generation.
The renewable gas initiative will be facilitated by Gas Networks Ireland.
The move, involving changes to its food management process at retail store level, will see enough renewable gas created from Tesco’s food surplus to power six of its stores in Ireland.
“This new partnership with Green Generation aligns with our Little Helps Sustainability plan which guides us in tackling climate change and food waste and allows us to support indigenous and creative solutions to the increasing challenges faced by society as a result," said Kari Daniels, CEO, Tesco Ireland.
As part of the new initiative, Green Generation will process Tesco’s remaining food surplus, which has not been donated to FoodCloud, Tesco’s surplus food charity partner since 2014, or given free of charge to colleagues, at its anaerobic-digestion plant in Nurney, significantly reducing the retailer’s operational carbon emissions.
Fed into the gas network at nearby Cush, Co. Kildare, Tesco will now purchase the renewable gas outputs from the facility via Naturgy, the energy supplier, taking a circular economy approach to minimising its carbon footprint, the retailer explained.
"This new initiative will help us in our ambition to become a zero-carbon retailer by 2050, as we work together to support national and international climate action,” she added.
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