Retail giant Tesco today (January 12) opens it first carbon efficient store run on waste oil in Cheetham Hill, Manchester.
The store will be the blueprint for every new Tesco store built in the UK from now to 2020.
The Cheetham Hill store will include the following:
* A combined heat and power (CHP) plant which runs on naturally produced fuel from a mixture of rape seed oil and waste oil but not chip fat oil.
* increasing the use of recyclable materials in fixtures and signage and designing equipment for future ease of recycling.
* minimising construction waste and recycling all unused construction materials.
* recyclable plastic moulded checkout packing areas.
Through a combination of energy efficiency measures, the stores carbon footprint is 70% less than an equivalent store built in 2006.
Tesco corporate and legal affairs executive director Lucy Neville-Rolfe said the stores concept will help Tesco to meet its long term plans to reduce significantly the carbon footprint of its stores by 2020.
The opening of the Tesco store is the latest in the line of so-called green stores opened by big
name retailers, including Asda and Sainsburys (see MRW story).
Environmental organisation, the Climate Group, chief executive Steve Howard said: Tescos climate commitments are proving that it is possible to combine new technology and good business sense to make dramatic reductions in their carbon footprint. This new blueprint store design is an example that we hope other businesses will follow.
Image: Tesco's Cheetham Hill store