LONDON Oct 16 Tesco (TSCO.L), the world's No.3
retailer, set a target on Friday to become a zero-carbon
business by 2050, without purchasing offsets, and unveiled a
series of measures to boost environmentally-aware shopping.
Speaking at the launch of a new report by Manchester
University's Sustainable Consumption Institute, Tesco Chief
Executive Terry Leahy said targets and technology alone would
not achieve the transition to low-carbon economies.
Consumers have to be part of the solution and businesses
would benefit from encouraging them, he said.
"A low-carbon strategy is also vital if we are to minimize
the risk to our business: the physical threat of climate damage
to our supply chains, the resulting economic damage, and the
serious effects of rushed and inefficient regulation if we fail
to act in time and governments are forced to take draconian
action," he said.
The British supermarket group said it aimed to achieve a 30
percent reduction by 2020 in the carbon impact of the products
in its supply chain, starting in Britain.
For consumers, it announced a "Buy One Get One Free - Later"
strategy, which will also them to pick up their free product
when they need it, helping to keep waste down.
It will also introduce a home energy service to give advice
on insulation and renewable sources of energy, and to carry out
the work needed.
(Reporting by Mark Potter; Editing by Rupert Winchester)