Tesco announces pledge to reach net zero across every item it sells by 2050

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Tesco has significantly expanded its climate targets and has now pledged to hit net zero carbon emissions across all of its own operations and all of the products it sells.

The UK’s largest supermarket has become one of the first major retailers to commit to reaching net zero emissions across its entire value chain by 2050.

This will include all emissions generated from the sourcing raw materials, agriculture, product manufacturing, transportation of products and food waste of every item it sells.

In order to meet these lofty ambitions, Tesco says it will need to transform the mix of products available on its shelves towards a more plant-based offering.

Tesco, which had until now refused to include products and supply chain emissions in its targets despite them accounting for around 90 per cent of its carbon footprint, has reportedly written to all its suppliers to ask for their support.

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“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,” Tesco’s chief executive Ken Murphy said.

“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.”

Alongside this major addition to its goals, Tesco said it would aim to reach net zero emissions across its own operations by 2035.

“Building on the good progress we’ve made in cutting emissions in our own operations, we’re also setting out a group-wide net zero target of 2035,” Murphy added.

“These new commitments will bring an unprecedented level of transparency to our emissions footprint and will allow us to identify and tackle those areas where urgent transformational change is needed.”

Its ambitious targets will create “much-needed momentum” and “throw down the gauntlet to other big companies to match this ambition” according to WWF’s Tanya Steele.

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