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Tesco opens first "zero-carbon" store

Tesco has opened the doors to its new Cambridgeshire store, which the company says is the first ‘zero carbon’ supermarket in the world.

The new store in Ramsey boasts a catalogue of low carbon measures, including rainwater collection facilities on the roof that provide water for the store’s toilets and car-wash facilities, and a combined heat and power plant that uses renewable fuel.

The green-themed complex has also been built with sustainable wood and uses LED lighting to ensure its carbon footprint remains as small as possible.

The venture has been made as part of the supermarket giant’s plans to become a zero-carbon business by 2050.

Chief executive Terry Leahy said Tesco’s unique position as the UK’s biggest, and possibly most well-known brand, means it must lead the way for other rivals to follow.

“The challenge of climate change can only be faced by collective action,” Mr Leahy said.

“We want to cut our own carbon footprint and help suppliers and customers do the same. We’ll be a zero-carbon business by 2050 but only by working with our suppliers and others across the industry.”

Business secretary Lord Mandelson added: “This zero-carbon store is inspirational and is an excellent example of how business can respond to consumer demand for low carbon goods and services.”

Supermarket environmental strategies will be under debate at RAC’s Retail Question Time on 25 February. SeeHEREfor details.