Tesco To Run Deliveries On Green Fuel

The UK’s biggest retailer Tesco has announced that three quarters of its distribution fleet will run on ‘greener’ biodiesel from next month.
The B50 blend is a mixture of 50 per cent ordinary diesel mixed with biofuel.
Biofuels are renewable fuels produced from agricultural crops and blended with standard diesel or petrol to deliver a reduction in emissions .
Estimations at the company have shown a likely cut in its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70,000 tonnes a year, which is the equivalent to filling the Royal Albert Hall 400 times or 15,000 swimming pools .
Tesco said it had already ensured biofuel blends were stocked on its petrol forecourts, resulting in the reduction of a similar level of carbon dioxide emissions to the distribution proposal.
The supermarket giant currently transports goods through 2,000 lorries responsible to 754 stores and a further 716 smaller Express outlets .
Tesco Chief Executive of the company, Sir Terry Leahy described the move as an ‘extraordinary change’ for the supermarket giant.
The move follows a recently opened supermarket which features wind turbines to power the checkouts and rainwater to wash the home delivery vans .
The eco friendly store in Wick, north Scotland, is expected to cut the carbon footprint left by other supermarkets by 50 per cent.

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