Tesco displays how the environment can be good for business… which in the long run might not be great for the environment…

Tesco displays how the environment can be good for business… which in the long run might not be great for the environment…Tesco have been getting praise as well as a good bashing in the media of late for cutting their ‘per square foot’ carbon emissions.

Fred Pearce has a go at the supermarket for claiming to be "setting an example” by “reducing the overall Group carbon intensity per square foot of net sales area by 4.7%”, while the overall carbon emissions of the company increased by 400,000 tonnes in 2007. This relative decrease compared to an overall increase in emissions does seem a peculiar achievement to shout about, nevermind a bit of a mouthful to say.

It leaves me wondering whether Tesco actually meant they were "setting an example" to their less efficient, older stores, rather than on climate change, but i'll leave that hole for the Tesco PR department to dig their way out of.

Meanwhile Peter Madden, Chief Executive of ethical think tank Forum for the Future, welcomes the relative cuts.

Speaking to ClimateChangeCorp about Tesco’s latest effort to cut its greenhouse gas output with a new ‘eco-store’ in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, Madden says, “the news that...

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