Tesco extends its online hub for collaboration on carbon reduction to new buying club


Tesco is launching a collaborative buying club, which it claims will help suppliers invest in energy efficient lighting equipment and installations by offering substantial discounts and advice. 

The Buying Club, which has been developed in collaboration with 2degrees and the Carbon Trust, will be available to the 700 plus businesses that are members of the Tesco Knowledge Hub – a global and exclusive online community for Tesco suppliers which encourages members to share information, experiences and best practice in carbon reduction.

The scheme will work by utilising the collective purchasing power of the suppliers in the Knowledge Hub to negotiate discounts on energy efficient lighting equipment. Savings of up to 25% will be available on the cost of equipment, which could result in savings of up to 80% on energy bills, 2degrees claims. As well as financial savings, members of the Buying Club will benefit from expert advice and guidance on the equipment they need and the energy savings they could make.

Eaton Cooper Lighting and Safety has been selected as the provider of LED and low-energy fluorescent lights, which will be installed by Briggs & Forrester Special Projects. 

The launch follows a successful pilot of four suppliers who trialed the model with LED lighting earlier in the year. The results of the pilot showed it had helped cut their lighting costs by up to 80%. Feedback from those who took part showed that power of collaboration can remove barriers and concerns to investing in energy saving measures – such as confusion over the huge range of low energy lighting providers, and quality and price, said 2degrees.

Chloe Meacher, Tesco climate change manager, said:  “We are committed to using our scale for good and this initiative is just one way we can do that, helping our suppliers make energy savings. The Knowledge Hub is already established as a great forum for our suppliers to share what they’ve done to reduce their impact on the environment and help others to do the same through online discussions and site visits. Our suppliers have told us that cost and lack of knowledge can be the biggest barriers to making investment in energy savings. The Buying Club will address these concerns and support them in reducing their carbon footprint in a really practical way.”

Simon Brown, managing director at 2degrees Enterprise, said: “The Buying Club is a project that uses 2degrees unique collaboration approach to enable combined purchasing to reduce lighting costs by up to 80% for participating Tesco suppliers. It drastically reduces the barriers to energy efficiency lighting and Typhoo, who took part in the pilot, is the first of many Knowledge Hub suppliers that will slash their lighting capital costs and their CO2 emissions through this innovative, practical collaboration.”

Bruno Gardner, director, Energy Efficiency Ventures at The Carbon Trust, said: “Energy efficient lighting is one of the best investments many businesses can make right now. In theory it should be an easy decision, but in practice that’s not always the case. By joining forces with Tesco and 2degrees, we were able to make the business case for energy efficient lighting even more compelling for Tesco’s suppliers – giving them the confidence they needed to invest in saving money and cutting carbon.”

The Buying Club launches today, 2 October 2013. Tesco said it will look to explore how this concept could be extended to other areas and cover a wider range of energy saving equipment.