Published on September 14th, 2012 | by Chelsea


Tesco Opens First (almost) Totally LED Store

September 14th, 2012 by  


Tesco, the UK–based supermarket giant, is zeroing in on becoming a zero carbon emitter. This week, Tesco opened one of its Express supermarkets in Loughborough fully outfitted with LED lighting.

The company said it hopes to save 30% on energy costs, compared to similar stores. Tesco Environmental Programme Manager Emmily Sjölander told the UK’s Business Green: “We have recognised that through the use of LED light fittings we can dramatically reduce energy usage, particularly at Express stores due to their smaller size and lower ceiling height.”

All external signs and interior areas of the store are sporting LED lights, with the exception of the bakery oven where the temperatures are too high.

Tesco is trying to become carbon neutral by 2050 and has opened “Zero Carbon” stores in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Powys, Cefn Mawr, and Dublin.

Source: Business Green
Image: JuliusKielaitis via Shutterstock 

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is a former newspaper reporter who has spent the past few years teaching English in Poland, Finland and Japan. When she wasn't teaching or writing, Chelsea was traveling Europe and Asia, sampling spicy street food along the way.

  • Rahul

    Hey why can’t these guys install Solar Modules on Roof top and become a model for others like what other Competitors like Walmart and Walgreens are doing.

  • Anothercoilgun

    What does use of or reduction of use of electricity have to do with carbon? Electricity is generated in many ways yet no matter what people tack on “carbon” (as if carbon was bad) to electrical power. Cities been using nuclear, sterling power generators, hydroplants, solar concentrators and photovoltaic panels for years now. Would the consumers in those cities and Countries be carbon bad boys if they decide to leave a microwave running twice as long as it takes to cook meal? This automatic new age brainwashing mentality of Power=Carbon is pathetic.

    Seeing as this is only a lighting situation, Tesco could employ passive solar lighting or solar power on roof. This would even more so KILL THEIR i-CARBON FOOTPRINT.

    2050? I doubt they would be around then. By 2050 THEIR i-CARBON FOOTPRINT is more likely to be reduced by means of closed store locations just as went the way of the circuit city, best buy, sam goodies, compuserve, egghead, hollywood video, pc club, woolworth, and the countless mom & pop shops.

    Welcome to 21st centry Tesco. Here, we have been hooked on chinaBay LED lights for some time now. Get in line.

    • Bob_Wallace

      “What does use of or reduction of use of electricity have to do with carbon”
      The task ahead of us is to reduce the amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. One of the things we need to do is to get coal and natural gas out of the business of generating electricity (coal first).
      If we use less then we can turn off some coal/gas generation.

      In the US coal is now producing something just over 30% of our electricity. If we could cut the use of electricity today by 30% we could turn off all the coal plants today.


      Yes, there are some issues about where the individual coal plants are located, etc. that would make that a bit more difficult than just turning them off.

      (This statement added in an attempt to deflect the moles wishing to play a game of Whack-A.)

  • Ross

    As a share holder in Tesco I have to say the stated objective of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 is pathetic. Tesco should look to what leaders in its industry like Wal-Mart/ASDA are doing.

    • Bob_Wallace

      As a shareholder you should write your board of directors and ask them why they are hurting your dividends and capital growth by over-paying for electricity?

      • Ross

        The main point of complaint about them seems to be that while they’ve some good medium terms targets out to 2020, the 2050 target is so far off that it isn’t a real commitment.

      • Rahul

        that’s a point.

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