The Innovation Gateway has today announced that the UK’s largest retailer, Tesco, has joined its pioneering group.
As part of its involvement, Tesco is committing to open up its extensive eco-innovation work to a broad range of leading organisations including Heathrow, Kingfisher, Carillion, RBS, University of Cambridge and Unite Group.
Tesco will be sharing its progress and results through the Innovation Gateway, an expanding coalition of companies working together since 2014 to reduce the environmental impacts of their buildings.
The move builds on Tesco’s commitment to support and develop innovation that targets efficiency improvements in energy, water, waste, health & wellbeing. It also reflects the growing conviction of major companies, that they must work together in order to address the pressing challenges of climate change, resource scarcity and rising energy prices.
Specifically, the agreement will help Tesco share its leadership, learning and best practice in lighting controls, air conditioning, and heat reclamation, and scale its impact by opening it up to others.
Following the Paris Climate Agreement, Tesco set out new, science-based targets that will enable them to meet their zero-carbon ambition. Tesco’s targets are to achieve absolute reductions, based on 2015 levels, of 35% by 2020, and to become a zero carbon business by 2050 – securing 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2030. So far, more than £700m has been invested by Tesco in energy efficiency since 2007, leading to a reduction in emissions of 41% per square foot, and putting the retailer on track to achieve a 50% reduction per square foot of store by 2020.
Kené Umeasiegbu, head of climate change and sustainable agriculture of Tesco ,commented: “At Tesco, we want to continue to play our part in combating climate change. Our work includes deploying innovation to reduce energy use across our estate. Wherever appropriate, we will share our experience and learn from other companies and organisations through the Innovation Gateway. We hope this exchange can be a real benefit to each company and increase our impact in addressing climate change.”
Fiona Walmsley, head of workplace services at RBS, commented, “We’re pleased to be welcoming Tesco as a new partner to the Innovation Gateway. The new partnership will increase the number of opportunities for innovators, entrepreneurs and small businesses to test their creative ideas in a real life environment. Helping them to prove their concepts and to build their experience. We believe that reducing the environmental impact of delivering products and services is a concern for all businesses and to be successful we will need to collaborate and innovate, we’re therefore excited that the Innovation Gateway is continuing to grow and develop.”
Euan Burns, chief engineer at Carillion, stated: “It is brilliant news that Tesco are joining us as partners in the Innovation Gateway to create solutions that make buildings more environmentally friendly while supporting dynamic SME innovators. With the combination of partners we now have working together, we can make an impact on a vast range of UK buildings.”
Henry Majed, director of partnerships at Innovation Gateway, commented on the deal: “It’s fantastic that a company with Tesco’s depth of experience is taking a lead in sharing all the innovative work that it has done to reduce energy, waste and water across its portfolio. This partnership reflects how important it is to leading organisations internationally the need to reduce environmental impact and drive innovation to combat it. By working with Tesco, we can help drive cross industry improvements with tangible benefits to our environment.”