Tesco has committed to a new commitment of net zero emissions across its value chain by 2050, including those generated by the products it sells and across its supply chains, as well as a new group-wide net-zero target of 2035 for its own operations, bringing it into line with its UK ambition.
Often referred to as Scope 3 emissions, Tesco’s 2050 commitment will cover all emissions generated across its entire value chain, including the sourcing of raw materials and food production, where emissions are generated through agriculture and manufacturing; in the use of Tesco products, including food waste; and in people’s dietary choices, where an increase in the amount of plant-based food is required to cut emissions.
Emissions from Tesco’s products and supply chain make up more than 90% of the retailer’s total emissions footprint. 100 of Tesco’s largest suppliers have already reduced manufacturing emissions by 20%. The retailer has today written to all of its suppliers to ask for their support in the transition to a low carbon economy.
Over the next 12 months, Tesco will set out a clear plan for achieving its new targets, including how it will decarbonise key emissions areas, such as agriculture, as well as an annual update on progress.
Tesco Group CEO, Ken Murphy, said: “In this critical year for tackling climate change, it’s right that we set out this ambitious commitment to cut emissions across our entire value chain. We don’t yet have all the answers and we’ll need support from our suppliers and wider society to meet our targets, but it’s vital we take action now.”
off is worth it – for the people in countries where Tesco does business, for the UK’s net zero ambition, for nature all around the world and for the future generations who won’t forget the promises we make today, and will certainly not forgive if they’re not delivered.”
Tesco became the first business globally to set the ambition to become a zero-carbon business by 2050 in 2009.Image credits: