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Tesco Unveils Sustainability Innovations in First
Ever Cross-Industry Site Visit
T
esco has shared the extensive
eco-innovation behind one of
its
most
sustainable
superstores to a group of industry
peers including Heathrow, Unite
Students
and
University
of
Cambridge, a pioneering move to
drive the transformation of building
performances across industries.
The Innovation Gateway partners
completed the first ever peer site visit,
as Tesco demonstrated the engineering
solutions that were installed in its
Bicester store, to drive reduction in CO2
emissions. On the day Tesco shared its
strategy
that
targets
efficiency
challenges in energy, water and waste,
thereby providing food for thought on
how its fellow partners can overcome
similar challenges in reducing the
environmental
impacts
of
their
commercial properties.
During the visit Tesco shared new
sustainable solutions it is trialling to cut
environmental impacts and drive
innovation, including its move to solar
power and incorporating new energy
saving techniques used on store
equipment.
Tesco
has
now
successfully
implemented a wide range of new
sustainable
technologies
in
its Bicester store, resulting in c. 10%
reduction
in
annual
electricity
consumption per square-foot compared
to an average Tesco superstore. Tesco
is now looking to roll out several of these
innovations throughout its estate to
support its ambition to become a zerocarbon business by 2050. Tesco was
keen to share these innovations with its
Innovation Gateway peers, to aid
knowledge-sharing and collaboration.
Anna Carolina Menezes, Head of
Energy at Tesco commented: “We see
this site visit as the first step in a fruitful
collaborative relationship, and are
looking forward to the next site visit.
Sharing our learnings can help our
partners benefit and drive real change,
and by working with Innovation
Gateway, we hope to enable others to
reduce their energy consumption. We
want to thank Innovation Gateway for
providing us the opportunity to
collaborate, network and share ideas
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with like-minded companies and
institutions.”
Gareth Chaplin, Energy & Environment
Technical Solutions Manager at Unite
Students comments on the success of
the visit: “It was a fascinating visit and a
great opportunity to see behind the
scenes of an operating Tesco store.
Tesco and Unite Students are different
industries, but obviously share many of
the same challenges and opportunities.
I took away several ideas, both in terms
of the innovations and the management
process that sits behind the trialling and
implementation of them. These will be of
great use to us in the future as we
continue to look for innovative ways to
reduce the environmental impact of our
buildings. Tesco’s openness and
willingness to share made the visit such
a success.”
Innovation
Gateway
allows
leading organisations, such as Tesco, to
work together as an alliance to improve
their ability to source, select and validate
innovation in their buildings. Partners are
sharing best practices and past
experiences
to
solve
common
challenges they face.
Henry Majed, Director of Partnerships
at Innovation Gateway concluded: “The
site visit was a fantastic example of
partners coming together. It allowed us
to see common challenges being addressed which are relevant to diverse
industries, and learn from each other’s
experiences – enabling partners to take
away knowledge and solutions they can
apply to their own properties. The response from the partners was fantastic
and it’s excellent news that the next site
visits are already planned, showing the
value of cross-industry collaboration.”
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